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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 

Adaptation strategy

strategyOnce the issues have been identified and stakeholders have agreed to a preferred scenario, the next step is to develop an adaptation strategy.This allows you to understand what the desired future entails and to identify the actions required.
You need to assess the "implementability" of actions and to ensure there is a comittment to mainstream and/or ratify them by one or various stakeholders.

The IMCORE approach and therefore methodology was applied by most partners (See the Lough Swilly, North East England or Cork Harbour examples). Other IMCORE partners took different approaches for example, in the Gulf of Morbihan, a decision making tool was developed for policy makers whereas in Sefton the overall output was an adaptation study. In the Severn Estuary however, adaptation guidelines were developed and the East of England created a community adaptation action plan.

READY - Why develop an adaptation strategy?

  • An adaptation strategy considers response to climate change over the long term
  • It promotes engagement and improved communication to permit improved and more effective working
  • It helps to align involved organisations in a collective response to the threats of climate change

STEADY - A few tips before you start


TIP 1:  Ensure group preparedness

TIP 2:  Gain appropriate stakeholder engagement

TIP 3:  Bring in neutral expertise

TIP 4:  Tailor the methodology to your context

TIP 5:  Consider various approaches for implementation


GO! How to develop your Adaptation Strategy

  • Learn how to develop your adaptation strategy by using our illustrated step by step online course.
  • Download the IMCORE guidelines for Adaptation Strategy development.
  • Listen to our partner insights on the opportunities and constraints of developing an adaptation strategy
  • Three techniques successfully used by the IMCORE partners in developing their adaptation strategies included: PESTLE analysis, Windtunneling, and Backcasting.



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VIDEO: Opportunities and constraints of developing adaptation strategies







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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