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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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Using events and media already in place is a favourable means of approach to engagement as confidence in these means will be high. An event that is led by long running and respected organisation is a useful means of inputting new work to a keen audience. It is important to use appropriate links from the event to the presentations / displays.

CAMP workshop
What we did

IMCORE hosted an event for coastal adaptation and marine planning on behalf of DEFRA.

Why we did it

This event allowed coastal engineers, planners and other practitioners to come together to discuss the state of the coastline in the East and North East of England. It allowed for an introduction to the work of IMCORE in the region also.

What we achieved A successful meeting which allowed the different coastal sectors to communicate with each other where normally they would not attend similar events / meetings. Please click the link to view the feedback summary and summary report.
Problems we had Technical problems which were easily remedied.

Over prepare for these events to display ability to host and to generate confidence in the audience.

What we learned

There is a lack of joined up communication between sectors in the North East and that events such as these on a yearly basis are very much appreciated.


Adapting to Climate Change: North East Commercial Fisheries
What we did Engaged with local fishermen to understand how climate change is affecting their industry.
Why we did it To better inform fishermen of how they can adapt to the impacts of climate change on their business
What we achieved Various informal meetings were made with local fishermen. Reports were drafted and leaflets distributed. Information leaflets posted online and on IMCORE website.
Problems we had Fishermen in the North East are tackling a lot of changes to their industry and did not rate climate change as a high priority issue.
Solutions (if any) Fishermen were engaged and informed of climate change issues that may impact on their industry. Information generated was passed to fishing bodies for distribution if required. Personal engagement with fishermen to make them aware of where they can go if they need information in the future.
What we learned To take a simple light approach to fishermen. Send out information to organisations and not directly to fishermen so as not to inundate them with information that they didn't require at the time.


IMCORE website updates
What we did As frequently as possible the couplet uploaded work done in the region on to the IMCORE website.
Why we did it To keep partners updated on the work being done in the North East.
What we achieved Uploaded documents to be easily viewed by users.
Problems we had Some issues were found in getting access to methods of uploading directly on to the website.
Solutions (if any) Asked communication officer to upload documents directly as trying to do it remotely was difficult
What we learned It is important to keep partners updated on the work being done in their respective regions.


Stakeholder Engagement Guide
What we did Produced a simple guide to stakeholder engagement which was illustrated with examples from the NE-ECN.
Why we did it This was requested by other ECN's of the IMCORE project to help with their engagement processes and also requested by members of the ForeSea committee.
What we achieved A succinct guide on stakeholder engagement which was disseminated to all ECN's and in the NE region.
What we learned There is much written on stakeholder engagement as a topic, but there are few resources which give a simple and practical method of actually doing it.


Engagement with local communities
What we did Met with local people in informal settings to see how to work together for the benefit of improving communications between higher level organisations and local communities.
Why we did it To make important links with local communities to develop awareness of how climate change may impact their coastline and how to develop adaptation strategies to help their area.
What we achieved The NE-ECN couplet has engaged at different levels with 3 separate communities looking at how to adapt to climate change. The reason for this engagement was to look at the impacts of climate change on tourism, fishing, and coastal change. From this engagement communities became more aware of how climate change may impact their local area. Briefing papers (Commercial Fisheries, Natural Environment, Coastal Change) and reports were drafted to outline the work done and lessons learned for each area.
Problems we had The timescale of IMCORE did not fit in with many of the ongoing projects in the local communities that the couplet wanted to feed into. Also part of the engagement was to connect with local commercial fishermen but due to other constraints put on them climate change was not considered to be an immediate impact on their industry.
Solutions (if any) The problems encountered could not be resolved for this project but in hindsight timescales of existing projects should have been firmed up for a wider range of projects to see where and how IMCORE can fit in.
What we learned To engage with a wide range of communities and projects at the offset to accommodate for problems encountered during the time of the project. To look at all means of engaging with local communities to use other projects already in place as a means of initiating contact.


Presentations / Stands (displays) at regional events
What we did Presented the ongoing activities of IMCORE to a variety of audiences (local groups, local authorities, steering groups, regional and national groups, students/academics). Also held displays at some events in the region to broadcast the current and future work of IMCORE. Please click on the following links to view; ForeSea Banner, IMCORE Banner, IMCORE Launch, IMCORE presentation, Northumberland workshop, WISH presentation, ForeSea fact sheet, How can we help, IMCORE Brochure.
Why we did it To engage with a wide audience to create awareness of the work that IMCORE is doing in the region.
What we achieved Wide ranging audiences aware of the regional and local work being carried out in the North East.
Problems we had No great problems were involved in this as it was straight forward presentations to raise awareness.
What we learned Engaging with a wide range of audiences allowed the message of IMCORE to be spread through different coastal and marine sectors. Having wide range of audiences helped in linking sectors together. Keeping in touch with events that are being run in the area is important as it is an easy link to meet with groups and have informal talks on what work they are doing and IMCORE is doing and the possibility of linking together.


National magazine and web articles
What we did

An article was contributed to for the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) journal "In Practice". It outlined the work of ForeSea and IMCORE in developing adaptation strategies for the area. Click here to download the Bulletin of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Articles have also been published in Climate North East's  E-Zine, click here to view (January 2010 and April 2011) outlining the progress of the NE-ECN couplet and on MCCIP's national e-magazine (June 2011) highlighting the impacts of climate change on commercial fisheries. See individual websites to view articles.

Why we did it

The IEEM audience is specifically ecologist based and is reached over 4,000 subscribers it was a good method of spreading the word of IMCORE nationally. The web articles can reach a vast amount also and are specifically read by those interested in climate change and the marine environment.

What we achieved Four page article in a national magazine on developing adaptation strategies for coastal practitioners. Headlined news updates on the progress of IMCORE in the North East region and on adapting commercial fisheries to climate change.
Problems we had Minor problems of gathering sufficient information

Using links already formed through IMCORE and ForeSea minor problems were easily solved.

What we learned

Media such as specific magazines and websites are a simple but effective means of reaching a knowledgeable audience on a large scale.

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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