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


Download the final Belgian Coastal Adaptation Strategy here

VIDEO: Frank Maes, Caroline Lootens and Miguel Berteloot explain the benefits of working together and the particularities of the Belgian Coast

 "The level of detail on scientific evidence has to be in balance with the scale and scope of the project. Time should not be wasted on too detailed research.             Frank Maes
Our stakeholders had difficulties to think outside the box of the preferred future, sectoral approach and the exiting institutional framework.                             Marian Willekens

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Practical tips for following the IMCORE approach to planning to adapt to coastal climate change 

guidance1The workshops were created to introduce the IMCORE project and to describe and evaluate the main climate change impact for the Belgian part of the North Sea. The participants in the workshop, representing various coastal and marine sectors, were stimulated to assess the impacts of climate change on their specific activities at sea and on the beach, what they experience as clear signals due to climate change effects and how they think these impacts will evolve over time as well as how they plan to anticipate them. The workshop gave the opportunity to prioritise the responses to these impacts alongside any other issues that need to be managed.

We learned that:

• Although not all sectors where represented, we had very informative workshops.

• Good communication of the effects of climate change as well as the purpose of the workshops are very important in order to be able to captivate the participants.

• It is very important to reach a substantive amount of stakeholders to have a representative input. Consequently lots of effort should be put in awareness raising.

• A questionnaire can be sent to other sectors that were not able to come to the workshop in order to reach more people and get more input.


The impacts of climate change in the marine environment and coastal zone
What we did Firstly, we reviewed literature on the primary effects of climate change at the Belgian Coast to get more acquainted with the terms. Secondly, a template was developed on the basis of that literature review and thirdly workshops were organised. The Expert Couplet and/or the CLIMAR partners organised four workshops. Three particular issues workshops (coastal flooding (4 December 2008), fisheries( 9 December 2008) and tourism (14 October 2010)) and one general workshop (21 April 2009).

In the general workshop there was a general reflection by the stakeholders on climate change effects. In the other workshops, we provided time for the stakeholders to reflect on the effects of climate change for their sectors, using templates/questionnaires. Afterwards we discussed the results.

Why we did it • To introduce the IMCORE project.

• To describe and evaluate the climate change impacts in the Belgian part of the North Sea for the particular sectors as well as in general.

What we achieved • Awareness raising on the IMCORE project.

• Identification of key impacts from the represented sectors.

Problems we had Difficult to engage all coastal stakeholders probably due to an overload of workshops on coastal zone related matters during that period.

For the workshop on fisheries and coastal flooding, there was a good turnout, respectively 73 and 66 participants. Unlike the general workshop and workshops on tourism which, respectively, had only 18 and 32 participants. The best represented was the research community.

Please click here to download the List of Participants for:

4th December 2008 ,

9th December 2008,

21st April 2009,

14th October 2010

Solutions (if any) • Need for better publicity for the workshop.

• Explain the aim of the workshop in the broader adaptation process.

• More follow up of the workshop, sending out a questionnaire to other sectors that were not able to come to the workshop.

What we learned The importance of communicating the aim of the workshop in the broader scope of the project and the need for feedback.


Click here to download the ECN presentation given at workshop 4 December 2008

Click here to download the Report from workshop 4 December 2008

Click here to download the ECN presentation given at workshop 9 December 2008

Click here and here to download the ECN presentations given at workshop 21 April 2009

Click here to download the Report from workshop 21 April 2009

Click here to download the ECN presentation given at workshop 14 October 2010

Click here to download the Report from workshop 14 October 2010


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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