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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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 "The actions identified  will greatly benefit coastal management, even if the impacts of climate change are zero."

" There was no central bank of data available which delayed progress in identifying data gaps."

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

Feasibility study for Research and Education Coastal Centre in Lough Swilly


Marine Discovery Centre Implementation proposal

Thank you note from Donegal County Council and University of Ulster
"Sincere thanks to the members of the Lough Swilly Consultative Group for the time, effort and expertise they put into the development of the Lough Swilly Adaptation Strategy".

guidance2 o The expert couplet hosted an exploratory scenario workshop with all members of the Lough Swilly Consultative Group, using PESTLE analysis.

o Using the information from the workshop 4 exploratory scenario narratives were developed by IMCORE staff and circulated to the group for comment

o Knowing the participants is very important when it comes to group work. In hindsight we would split our group differently for the scenario workshop.

o Strong facilitation and preparation is the key. Preparation, preparation, preparation and practice, practice, practice!

Exploratory Scenario Development Workshop
What we did

Hosted a workshop with the consultative group using PESTLE analysis.

Why we did it

To identify what will drive/shape coastal/marine management in Lough Swilly in 2030 with respect to climate change. (Drivers of change)

What we achieved The information gathered enabled IMCORE staff to choose the most appropriate parameters to develop 4 exploratory future scenarios around (Integrated and coordinated/Fragmented and uncoordinated vs Proactive and Long-term/Reactive and Short-term).
Problems we had Individual agendas of participants made it difficult to maintain the focus of the workshop on specific coastal change issues. Difficult to get people to think beyond the immediate future. Current events have a huge affect on this type of forward planning i.e. recession, political uncertainty. The PESTLE process took longer than anticipated. Lack of availability meant not all areas of expertise were represented.

Experienced and well briefed facilitators are important and it also helped that we had facilitators from outside the area which provided neutrality. Have some time flexibility to enable some over-run. Try and get input from people who are unable to attend before or after the workshop and always keep them informed.

What we learned

Practice of the workshop process was vital. Make sure facilitators are familiar and comfortable with the process. Try to have an observer to take notes, allowing the facilitators to focus on the comments and workshop process. Preparation for the workshop is very important- use templates for the PESTLE process (click here to view economic driver)  to avoid time wasting on the day. Take photographs of all the PESTLE templates for reference later. Take pictures of the importance v scenario axis (see scenario guidelines report for further information) with the sticky notes attached for reference. Click here to view Scenarios workshop axis. Don't underestimate logistical issues and the need for support staff to set up and help the workshop run smoothly.


Developing Exploratory Scenario Narratives
What we did

Using the information gathered in the workshop we developed 4 exploratory scenario narratives. (Alls Rosy, In our own little bubble, Fire fighting, Mind your own business). Click here to view Scenarios diagram.

Why we did it

To paint a picture of what might happen in the future to allow managers to consider the implications for their own sector of responsibility.

What we achieved Draft Scenario report which was circulated to the consultative group.

Click here to download the Exploratory Scenario Workshop Report.

Problems we had Making sure that all concerns were considered with emphasis on the most significant and uncertain ones.

We clustered the management drivers, identified in the workshop, by theme and used those identified as most significant and uncertain to develop the scenario narratives. We also ensured all aspects of management were included in the scenarios by checking each narrative against all elements of the PESTLE process.

What we learned

Narratives are a guide and there are many plausible futures. Clustering concerns by theme helped manage the process.


Click here to download the PESTLE Template

Click here to download the Donegal Scenario report

Click here to download the Scenario Guidelines Report


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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