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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 future for adaptation in Lough Swilly is uncertain due to the current political climate, lack of statutory remit and policy funding. If the framework for Climate Change Bill is introduced each County Council in Ireland will have a significant role in the preparation and implementation of adaptation and mitigation strategies in this regard. If this is not introduced adaptation to Climate Change will still be part of the County Development Plan in Donegal but with out a statutory responsibility for adaptation its prioritisation is unlikely.
Read MoreThroughout this process the Donegal-Ulster ECN have learned that for the Lough Swilly region the lack of communication between sectors and the lack of joint funding hinders progress. Through IMCORE a consultative group has been set up and this type of group could help to provide a platform for better inter-agency communications. We found that personal contact with members of the group resulted in an increased interest and buy in to the process. Through IMCORE the couplet had access to external experts to help with facilitation and workshop analysis, this extra help was vital both in terms of workshop logistics and post workshop reporting.Data acquisition was a problem. There was no central bank of data available and trying to obtain the most up to date information was difficult and took a significant period of time, this delayed progress in identifying data gaps.The process has increased awareness of the need to adapt to Climate Change in Lough Swilly though identifying key issues and areas requiring adaptive management.

the main lessons learned from the project.

• Climate change adaptation is not a central issue for the local area. The issue seems to be too far in the future when it comes to making today's local management decisions. As such, it is difficult to convince local stakeholders of the need to tackle the issue in-depth.

• Scientific knowledge on climate change is inextricably bound to the uncertainties that accompany it. These uncertainties are a barrier to securing the commitment of local stakeholders, in particular, the decision makers that like to make informed decisions. What is more, scientific knowledge and models are highly developed on a global level, but under-developed at the regional level and this reinforces peoples' perception that the issue is far beyond the scope of local and regional stakeholders. Uncertainty is particularly conducive to inaction, or at best, to "no-regrets" decision-making, i.e., choosing adaptation measures that, regardless of the future outcome, benefit the local area, the individual, and society as a whole.

• French local stakeholders were not used to the scenario development method. Nevertheless, the participants took part with gusto and were attracted to the method's participatory and innovative nature. People who took a step back and adopted a "wait and see" attitude at the beginning of the workshops gradually entered into the spirit of the proceedings and injected a new dynamism that yielded interesting scenarios and which gave the participants a sense of ownership. Innovative methods, such as those used in the IMCORE project, are transferable if local contexts and cultures are fully integrated, and if complexity levels can be adapted to the participants' needs – thus enabling their successful integration into local projects.

• UBO's involvement in the project helped local stakeholders to identify climate change issues at the local level. In fact, it was the university's status and the scientific cachet that it lent to the project that enabled local stakeholders to perceive the issue of climate change at the local level.

• SIAGM's involvement served to engage the local stakeholders. This was made possible through the relationship of trust that SIAGM had built with the latter through long-term dialogue/consultation and mutual action in the creation of the blueprints for the Regional Nature Park. It is highly unlikely that such a large number of people (around 100) would have been involved in the project without SIAGM's support.

• The fact that the IMCORE project was a European one helped towards securing the involvement of local actors who since consider that climate change is a shared issue across North Western Europe and that its related issues must be integrated into future coastal zone management plans.

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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