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

As with all the stages it is important to be clear on what you are doing and why and in this particular instance it is particularly important to consider who else you are involving and why.

We identified risks and opportunities associated with climate change and documented them prior to presenting them to partners for agreement. As with all the stages it is important to be clear on what you are doing and why. In this particular instance it was particularly important to consider who could take actions forward as this influenced the degree of detail identified in the risk assessment.


Adaptation workshop: Review of Risk assessment
What we did

We held a half day workshop with key partners on the coast to discuss what we had developed in relation to the risk assessment, confirm what we had done and establish a way forward.

Why we did it

We needed to engage with key partners who could take action in relation to the impacts identified. A number of the areas lay within our remit and were already being dealt with by us but the rest lay outside of our remit and specialist knowledge.

What we achieved Agreement of all partners on the priorities and way forward.
Problems we had Availability of partners both in terms of duration and getting everyone together at the same time.
What we learned

We should have identified at an earlier stage who (individual or organisation) was most appropriate to take action and what the purpose of the meeting was. We had tried to establish the full impact rather than doing enough to convince others of the need for action and then passing it over to them. We needed to recognise where our role and responsibilities ended and others began.



Risk assessment
What we did

We reviewed the key areas of interest on the coast in the context of coastal change to see what the impacts might be. We split the areas into those that were at risk of significant change, low risk, no risk and those areas that required more understanding.

Why we did it

We needed to understand what was at risk and have sufficient understanding to be able to prioritise.

What we achieved We compiled a list of key areas with anticipated impacts that formed the basis of our scenarios workshop.
Problems we had By approaching the task as a risk assessment it required a conscious effort to remember to consider opportunities as well.
What we learned

It is important to understand what the objective is when undertaking the risk assessment. For areas within our responsibility it was appropriate to do a more detailed risk assessment, for areas under the responsibility of someone else it only needed to be detailed enough for them to realise that they need to take it forward. There is a risk that the focus is entirely on risks and consideration of opportunities is ignored. 


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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