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 "If we were to undertake the scenario phase of the adaptation strategy process again, we would conduct it in a much more condensed and intensive way".                 Cork Harbour Case Study

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Cork Harbour

"Working together we have helped the Harbour community develop the capacity to plan for a changing climate"

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Who we are:

Cork City Council and the Coastal and Marine Resource Centre (University College Cork), Ireland.

Key climate change issues:

The most obvious climate change impact on the sectors that routinely utilise the Harbour is flooding as this has historically had negative social and economic implications, especially for residents and business owners in vulnerable areas of the City Centre.. Click on this link to learn more about Climate Change in Cork Harbour; coastal activities that could be affected, drivers and impacts and our specific institutional framework.

What we did:

First climate change workshop, Issues workshop, Exploratory Scenaros workshop and development of Narratives, Backcasting workshop, development of an online visualization tool, various communication actions, Cork Harbour Open Day, etc.

The Cork Harbour coastal adaptation strategy:

Click here to download the Cork Harbour Adaptation Strategy actions table. The adaptation framework can also be consulted.

Our unique approach:

  • Implementation of the Integrated Management Strategy for Cork Harbour through the Cork Harbour Management Focus Group.
  • Initiating the development and future implementation of an adaptive strategy for climate change in Cork Harbour.

Click here to read the full summary of the Cork Harbour case study



Planning to adapt in Cork Harbour:

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Engaging stakeholders

guidance0xThe role of dissemination is essential in ensuring the success of the project at both the local, national and regional levels cannot be under-estimated. For this reason we put significant resources into both site specific initiatives such as the website and open day and presentations and national and international conferences.

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Identifying the issues

guidance1The general feeling is that we are not as yet at an advanced level of preparedness; and there is a requirement for leadership;

Some climate change effects are already visible but it is not always clear what the cause is of these effects (e.g. more storms; more marine mammals like seals and dolphins; more warm water species like anchovies, Japanese oyster, seahorses, more sludge after a storm, contaminated mussels).

The issue identification workshop provided a very clear and comprehensive indication of how stakeholders in Cork Harbour viewed the impact of climate change on various sectors.

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Developing future scenarios

guidance2If we were to undertake the scenario phase of the adaptation strategy formulation process again, we would conduct it in a much more condensed and intensive way. We struggled to arrange plenary meetings within the timeframe we'd have preferred, due to the fact that our stakeholders occupy high level positions in their various sectors and their busy schedules make finding mutually agreeable dates and times to meet very difficult. It might therefore be of greater value to opt for a smaller, more focused group of stakeholders among whom meetings might be more easily arranged.

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Designing the adaptation strategy

 

guidance3We would shorten the time between the driver workshop, scenario generation and validation, and the backcasting workshop if it were possible to do so. As discussed in here, the enforced delays we suffered between these events lost us a degree of momentum, and thus cost us time in our workshop as we were required to 'set the scene' once more for our stakeholder participants, refreshing their memories and reinvigorating their enthusiasm for the process at each stage.

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Building institutional capacity

guidance4The ECN has had two primary roles since its inception:

(i) Implementation of the Integrated Management Strategy for Cork Harbour through the Cork Harbour Management Focus Group.

(ii) Initiating the development and future implementation of an adaptive strategy for climate change in Cork Harbour.

 

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Local, regional and transnational actions

The transnational working components of our adaptation strategy process were enormously helpful to all who took part, so if we had the opportunity to do so I think we would opt to include an Expert Couplet exchange visit at the outset of the IMCORE process (issue identification), and to strengthen the critical befriending relationships we forged with the NE England and Donegal couplets.

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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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