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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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Additional techniques were used to identify the local climate change issues, which meant that information could be gathered from other available sources – thereby allowing a comprehensive issues list to be compiled. This list could have been developed further had the local social and professional representatives been more specifically consulted. However, this was not possible due to time constraints.

Click on read more to learn about what we did and the lessons we learned to identify the issues.

 

Participatory workshops
What we did

Two participatory workshops were organized with local councillors (16 participants) and local authority technicians (8 participants) on 19 December 2008 and 31 March 2009 respectively.

Why we did it

The main objective of these workshops was to identify the principal issues specific to the local areas, and not to limit proceedings to generic coastal zone issues. Other objectives were to achieve mutual participation in the creation of a blueprint, and to involve the councillors and technicians in the project follow-up.

What we achieved

The workshops were the means to identify the physical and biological, and socio-economic impacts of climate change. The crossover point of the two categories was used to define the issues at local level.

Problems we had

The main difficulty encountered was in the local stakeholders' weak response to consider anything but the immediate consequences of climate change.

Solutions (if any)

Some people were unable to attend the workshops, but their input was valued nonetheless. Therefore, supplementary interviews were carried out with the absentees.

What we learned

We observed a discrepancy in the level of climate change awareness between the technicians and the local councillors, and it came to light that technicians play an important role in mobilizing the councillors.

 

Interviews with scientists
What we did We interviewed scientists who, by virtue of their fields of expertise (climatology, geology, geography, fish biology and ornithology) were able to professionally assess the impact of climate change in the Gulf of Morbihan.
Why we did it These interviews were carried out to gather recommendations founded on scientific knowledge in order to complement the findings of the workshops.
What we achieved Information about climate change impact in the aforementioned disciplines was obtained.
Problems we had We would have liked to include further disciplinary fields, but this was not possible.
What we learned

Previous observations can be attributed to the effects of climate change, even though most scientists cannot say for certain that this is the case. This uncertainty on the part of scientists means that all of the scientific data compiled must be considered with caution.

Larger-scale observations, e.g. on species migration, enable scenarios and futures planning to be carried out for the Gulf of Morbihan area. Therefore, interviews need not necessarily be limited to scientists working specifically in the Gulf of Morbihan.

 

General population survey
What we did A survey of the population of the Gulf of Morbihan was undertaken to measure local perceptions of climate change.
Why we did it The objective of this survey was to assess the risks and issues identified by the population, along with their willingness to take action to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.
What we achieved A total of 1,062 people were interviewed.
Problems we had A large number of interviewers was needed to carry out the survey.
Solutions (if any) We worked in collaboration with the statistics department of Université de Bretagne Sud (the University of Southern Brittany): every year, the department organizes a mock survey as part of the course and as such, we were able to call on the services of 100 students, who worked with us for one day.
What we learned One setback of a general population survey is that it only partially measures respondents' "willingness to act". This is because answers are merely hypothetical, in other words, it is not a real-life situation in which the respondents would be required to follow through with their stated answers. Therefore, the collected data must be interpreted with care. Nonetheless, it does highlight interesting trends. If the survey were to be carried out again in the future, the compiled data would be useful to perform a trend analysis. Survey relevance could have been increased by focusing the questions on a real and specific commitment to act.

 

3D visualization of sea level rise
What we did We have worked with SHOM, in order to build simulations of sea level rise coherent with IPCC scenarios.
Why we did it This task was a demand from local policy makers who wanted to see the sea level rise.
What we achieved Thanks to SHOM 3D model (Litto3D) and a tide model, simulations have been made for sea level rise of 18cm to 2m.
What we learned Local policy makers were very interested by this tool as it enabled them to be aware of the potential impact on climate change on sea level rise and its concrete effect on their territory.

 

 

Click here to download the results of the issues identification

Click here to download the power point presentation to introduce the issues identification workshop

Click here to download results of the survey about population perception of climate change

Click here to download Questionnaire survey about population perception of climate change

Click here to download results of the 3D sea rise visualisation

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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