CB786 “Nature Access to All (NatAc)”

In cooperation with NGO Apeirons in August the Kurzeme Planning Region has started its on-spot visits to assess the accessibility of nature trails.

Together with accessibility experts, we examine, whether the trail is accessible to people in wheelchairs, if the trail width is at least 1,2m, surface – dense and flat, boardwalk planks installed perpendicularly to the direction of movement with no more than 1cm gap between the planks and slope does not exceed 15 degrees, if there is an accessible toilet and parking lot nearby, if there is information available in Braille, tactile objects provided etc.

Nature trails inspections is the most comprehensive project activity, both in time and work, yet the most important one. It involves gathering information on and inspecting of all accessible nature trails in the core area of Central Baltic region in Latvia, Estonia and Finland. This activity shall last throughout the whole project period, during which the Kurzeme Planning Region in cooperation with NGO Apeirons shall inspect the nature trails in Kurzeme and Riga regions, NGO West-Estonia Tourism in cooperation with Estonian Chamber of Disabled People shall inspect the nature trails in the core programme area in Estonia and Parks & Wildlife Finland (Metsähallitus) in cooperation with the Finnish Sport Association of Persons with Disabilities shall inspect the nature trails in the core programme area in Finland.

As a result of inspections the ultimate project output shall be produced – the Guide on accessible nature trails along with publishing information on all accessible trails on accessibility site www.mapeirons.lv.

The project is being implemented with support of the Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020.

Information provided by:
Alise Lūse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Project Manager
Tel.: +371 26567874, alise.luse@kurzemesregions.lv