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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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This phase was carried out by UBO and SIAGM. Had time permitted, it would have been preferable to employ the services of an external agency to assist with the creation of the strategic tree.

From exploratory scenarios to an adaptive strategy
What we did

From the vast amount of information collected and written up in the scenarios, we considered ways to return the work carried out to the local decision makers in order to create an adaptive strategy.

Why we did it

Due to the depth of the scenarios and the diversity of the interviewees' viewpoints, it has not been possible to identify one single common scenario amongst the three elaborated scenarios, nor to create a fourth scenario summarizing the main points of the three scenarios in question. What is more, in trying to identify a common normative scenario (by asking "What aims do you want to achieve for the local area?") a policy approach emerged that far surpassed the timescales and the scope of the IMCORE project. Among local actors, and especially decision makers, there are multiple levels of literacy and owernship of the issue of adaptation. Therefore, during the course of the IMCORE project, an overall strategy structure was not achieved because the lack of consensus in this respect meant that a single, desired scenario had not been pinpointed. On the other hand, the local actors who participated in the project were very interested in a decision-making tool that would enable them to move forward in choosing an adaptive strategy for their local area. On the back of this interest, we developed a decision-making tool that allows local actors to implement climate change adaptation choices through a strategic thinking approach, tailored to the different situations specific to the local area.

What we achieved

Creation of an "interactive tree diagram" available on CD-ROM and/or via the Internet. The tree's branches (or categories) comprise the different types of environments or landscapes found in the Gulf of Morbihan. How it works: users work their way along the branches of the tree, choosing their options systematically. Once the user arrives at the end of the branch, an environment- or area-specific sheet (e.g. isolated houses, naval bases, areas of outstanding natural beauty, etc.) will appear. This sheet lists three scenarios and their possible economic, social, technological and environmental outcomes at local level. In essence, one could say that this acts as a set of area-specific scenario guidelines that support climate change adaptation decisions.

 
Problems we had

The sheer amount of information to analyze and the number of sheets to write up were the main hurdles.

 
What we learned

Choosing or developing one single scenario was not possible due to the complexity involved (the large number of stakeholders and the prevailing uncertainty about natural events and timely interactions).

The interactive tree diagram, as opposed to paper documents, is the best way to make the information immediately accessible and in a format that is both user-friendly and better adapted to the managers' practices, expectations and needs.

This phase is vital in the Gulf of Morbihan area where only the local councillors have the authority to develop an adaptive strategy, and in this respect, the tree diagram will prove an indispensable tool. The work reflects a network-centric approach: we worked towards the creation of a grid composed of the project's various activities and which will help us in moving forward with the decision-making process.

 

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For more details please click here to see the results of the scenario to strategy 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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