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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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 "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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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.

 

Backcasting Workshop
What we did

We re-convened our stakeholder group to validate the normative 'Fifth Scenario' we'd created at the completion of our exploratory scenario exercise, and also to employ their expertise in determining how it might be attained. To do this, we employed the technique of 'Backcasting', where working back in time, workshop participants attempt to identify the key steps and critical constraints between an ideal pre-defined future and present circumstances.

Why we did it

Backcasting is a tool that provides an initial outline of the objectives and (broadly defined) actions that might be required in reaching a stated goal. An adaptation strategy relies on the identification of such objectives and actions in order to provide a framework for future management that will be robust under climate change.

What we achieved We gained critical feedback regarding the composition of the Fifth Scenario, including a number of useful suggestions as to how it might be improved. We were also provided with a number of key steps and lines of activity that will form essential components of an adaptation strategy for Cork Harbour.
Problems we had We found that the unintentionally lengthy period of time between the generation of our exploratory/ fifth scenarios and the backcasting workshop caused some difficulties and delays in facilitation.
Solutions

To overcome this loss of momentum, we recapped prior work at the outset of the workshop, which went some way to bringing participants up to speed with where we were in adaptation strategy process.

What we learned

We found that backcasting can be a difficult exercise for participants to come to terms with, particularly if the momentum gained from prior steps in the process has receded to some extent. It is also important to bear in mind that as the adaptation strategy process draws closer to producing concrete objectives and actions, there may be a degree of reticence among stakeholders who have substantial existing statutory or professional obligations to lend their name to them.

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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