The island of Kythera is one of the largest islands in Greece and is characterised by a large number of small settlements, with a total population of around 4000. Our greatest expectation is to keep our youth in the area, by creating the appropriate conditions for young and active people to live and work on the island. Our local economy is based predominantly on tourism and agriculture but also other areas such as trades and services, including education and health. We would like to promote agricultural and environmental sustainability on the island by introducing new technologies. The goal is to enhance the production of local products, mainly olive-oil production, honey, as well as aromatic and medicinal plants, while promoting and preserving Kythera’s landscapes, ecosystems and biodiversity.
coasts, inner peripheries, islands, mountains, sparsely populated areas
Degree of urbanization
population of 4000
Trekking Association program
Kythera Trails association has already created 11 routes/ 100 kms of trails and are working in collaboration with Paths of Greece and the World Trade Network. The Trekking Association program was launched in October 2010 for the development of an integrated trail network by cleaning and signalling old paths, as an alternative to mass tourism. Kythera Trails is the official trails network of Kythera Island that contributes to sustainable tourism, while enhancing the island’s natural and cultural heritage as well as helping the local community thrive.
Waste Management in Municipality of Kythera
The project implements a modern waste management infrastructure in Kythera and Antikythera and focuses on increasing recycling by creating a unit that handles bio-waste and creates compost out of them. On top of that and in the near future it is planed that waste management on the island will include composting.
Remote Monitoring and Management of Kythera’s Water System
Equipment in the Water System infrastructure of Kythera was installed in order to remotely monitor the quality and quantity of the drinking water and to locate malfunctions and reduce losses