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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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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".


To develop the Lough Swilly Adaptation strategy we subdivided the Consultative Group, (elected members and state agency representatives).  We hosted two workshops, one with each sub group.

o Both the adaptation workshops went well and participants engaged fully in the process.

o The most difficult aspect was the selection of the preferred scenario and ensuring participants did not jump forward to identifying general actions without having first identified the preferred scenario.

o The process was successful in identifying numerous strategic actions however in depth discussions with the group identified strategy implementation as a key hurdle. It was recognized that mainstreaming of the strategy would be important to overcome this.

o Agencies were reluctant to take the lead or formally sign up to any specific action due to current economic and resource constraints; however, there was agreement that there is a need to address the issues identified throughout the process and for the strategic actions to be carried out. It was recognized that mainstreaming of the strategy would be important to overcome this.


Review of Consultative Group
What we did

Subdivided the consultative group.

Why we did it

To make best use of time for all participants and to ensure focus is maintained for each step of the adaptation process.

What we achieved

One group containing elected members/political representatives and another group containing staff with a direct management responsibility in the Lough.

Problems we had

None so far.

Solutions We carried out this initiative to reduce conflict and increase focus in each group.
What we learned

Not all the initial group has to be involved in every step of the process. It is important to draw on the strengths of the group and involve them in tasks best suited to their expertise.


Adaptation workshop with Elected Members
What we did

Workshop with Elected Members/Political Representatives subgroup only.

Why we did it

To discuss the draft exploratory scenario narratives and to determine their preferred scenario and where best they could focus their involvement in the adaptation process.

What we achieved

Their preferred scenario was identified as 'Alls Rosy'. They agreed that their involvement would be focused on the implementation phase of the strategy for integrating and mainstreaming the strategy into new and existing policy, and using the strategy to lever funding for the implementation of actions.

What we learned

Elected members acted differently when there were no public officials present. There is a genuine interest in the subject.


Adaptation workshop with agency representatives/staff
What we did

Workshop with agency representatives/staff with management responsibility in the Lough. Click here to view an adaptation workshop.

Why we did it

To discuss the draft exploratory scenario narratives and to determine their preferred scenario, to determine actions required to reach the preferred scenario and to discuss possible implementation measures. Click here to view the Strategy actions from the workshop.

What we achieved

The preferred scenario was identified as 'Alls Rosy'. Numerous strategy actions were identified using the backcasting methodology and key questions based on the scenario, to focus discussions.

Problems we had

Difficult to agree a date where all participants were available. We had few responses when people were invited to the workshop. During the workshop it was a challenge to get participants to think beyond the current situation and timeframe and to envisage their preferred scenario.


IMCORE staff contacted participants individually by follow up phone calls and emails to encourage participation and confirm attendance. Reiteration of the future scenario methodology and clear focus was required during the workshop to remind participants of the need to look beyond the current timeframe.

What we learned

It is important to have the same people involved throughout. We had one new participant for the adaptation workshop and he left early as he didn't understand the point of the process (if you have a lot of new participants it may be useful to go through the entire process but this could lead to workshop fatigue for the other participants). Stick to the structure of the workshop as each step feeds into the next. Strong facilitation and preparation is important to maintain the focus of the workshop and to ensure the required outputs are met. Remember to keep the actions at a strategic level. We found it was better to list action in a general sequence of events rather than allocating them to a specific timeframe. The timeframes were developed post-workshop by IMCORE staff. We used the PESTLE methodology as a guide to ensure all themes had been covered by actions but we did not focus on these, instead we used questions based on key characteristics from the preferred scenario to develop the strategic actions.


Click here to download the Donegal adaptation strategy

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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