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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 

Stakeholder engagement


Throughout the three steps of the IMCORE approach, aimed at developing local adaptation strategies, stakeholders were engaged within each of the case study areas.


Different combinations of techniques, workshops and events were used in each area depending on individual needs and stakeholder relationships. For example, in Cork, the Harbour Forum and Focus Group were already in place with a committed group of interested stakeholders who already knew each other - whereas, in Lough Swilly, an expert group with a coastal adaptation focus was developed for the first time as part of the IMCORE project.


Our guidelines for effective stakeholder engagement can be downloaded here.

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READY - Why engage stakeholders?

STEADY - A few tips before you start

GO! - How to engage stakeholders?

READY - Why engage stakeholders?


Stakeholder engagement allows smooth and effective delivery of the adaptation strategy. Here are some good reasons why effective participation should be of interest to you.

  • to learn who is responsible for what, and the difference each stakeholder can make if they are part of the process
  • to understand and manage the perceptions and expectations of stakeholders regarding the adaptation process
  • to share knowledge and be fully accountable for the process
  • to have stakeholder support to take action despite uncertainty
  • to be more prepared as a group, building adaptive capacity through long-term working relationships


STEADY - A few tips before you start


TIP 1 - Understand the interests and influence of stakeholders in the process

TIP 2 - Plan how you will engage stakeholders from the beginning

TIP 3 - Keep stakeholders interested and informed by using appropriate techniques. Beware of stakeholder fatigue

TIP 4 - Ensure good facilitation and knowledge of your methodology

TIP 5 - Don't overlook the logistics of workshops


GO! - How to engage stakeholders?


The TRUST! Stakeholder engagement guide gives you a hands-on step by step approach to effective participation.


Our partners have shared their insights and tips in the videos below. Also available is more detailed information on how stakeholder engagement was implemented for each case study area.


Step by step guidance to engage stakeholders VIDEO: Tips for engaging stakeholders
VIDEO: The importance of engaging different people




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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