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The IMCORE project ran from 2008 to 2011 and was funded under the EU Interreg IVB programme.

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About half of the main settlements in the East of England region are on the coast. They underperform against a range of measures and in particular have poor economies, high rates of unemployment and poor measures against a range of social indicators. Government and its agencies recognized that investing to stimulate growth as a response to these factors was not necessarily the best response, because it was clear that many of the areas identified in spatial plans for such investment were at high risk from climate change impacts: namely sea flooding or coastal erosion.

The Coastal Initiative was established with key partners at regional and local level, across a range of government agencies, and CoastNet as an NGO bringing a community perspective and expertise in engagement.

The coastal initiative, having identified the issue - reconciling likely conflicts between the need for growth with risk of climate change impacts from the sea – set about understanding the context better. Two key reports were commissioned, regarding socio-economic status and dynamics, and regarding governance. The second in particular was pivotal. It introduced the futures approach and used this to test how well the existing governance system could respond to likely future pressures. Not well in some cases. The close relationship between the initiative and two key government departments helped to influence development of two new government policies relating to the management of coastal change and its consequences.

CoastNet worked to develop new institutions to engage affected communities, and new processes to engage with individuals in the development of adaptation strategies. In particular CoastNet recognized the serious extent of the knowledge gap that had developed between government and its agencies on the one hand and communities and their constituent residents and businesses on the other in relation to the understanding of climate change and the needs for adaptation. CoastNet was able to facilitate a much improved dialogue and also developed a framework for 'coastal literacy' to enable a more balanced and inclusive debate regarding adaptation and coastal management.

At its close the Coastal Initiative has:

Contributed to a better understanding of the context for adaptation to climate change in the region

Been instrumental in shaping two new government policies

Identified an important knowledge gap that is a barrier to policy implementation, and proposed the development of 'Coastal Literacy' in response

Engaged a wide range of stakeholders in the region, raised awareness amongst them and identified actions to take the learning from the initiative forward into a new phase of work.


This learning portal brings together the results and lessons learned from the IMCORE project. This project was funded under the Interreg IVB programme from 2008 to 2011.

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