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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 

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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


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

To do this effectively, you will need to set aside time for performing a stakeholder analysis. The IMCORE partners recommend one-to-one meetings with key potential participants – telephoning or visiting individuals to understand what motivates them and to convince them to become an active member of the process.
Remember it is a two way process, and stakeholders will want to know what influences you.

Click here to watch a video where Monique Casse explains the proactive approach and the steps involved in stakeholder engagement in the Gulf of Morbihan.


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

From the beginning of the process, a clear picture of who to engage and why, along with their interests, will aid in decisions about which processes they should be involved in/with.

For example, increased social and climate experts may be recruited to identify climate change drivers; whereas decision makers may be identified for the mainstreaming of adaptation measures and taking responsibility for such measures.

An appropriate combination of expert groups, small working groups and the wider, more diverse stakeholder groups will all help to facilitate the process throughout the various stages.




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

For most of the case study areas, stakeholder fatigue and institutional change with associated staff turnover have proved to be constraining factors. Effective and clearly understood dissemination products and an accountable trail (such as meeting minutes) need to be used to mitigate against these threats.

Our partners used printed media (flyers, brochures, etc), audiovisuals, websites or blogs, social networking, mailing lists, events, public relations as communication tools. See a selection of examples here.




TIP 4 - Good facilitation and knowledge of your methodology

Not all individuals have the required skills to plan timings of activities, to resolve stakeholder conflicts with differing opinions, or even know when it is the right time to provide information to participants.

Ensure personnel have these skills. If they do not, hiring an experienced facilitator will benefit greatly. It will also prove essential that specific techniques are used (such as PESTLE analysis or backcasting) are well known and understood by the facilitator, and should be well prepared and practiced before meetings take place.




TIP 5 - Don't overlook the logistics of workshops

When planning a workshop, the following should be considered:

  • Appropriate invitations,
  • Venue,
  • Food,
  • Seating arrangements,
  • Acoustics,
  • Room temperature,
  • Sending the agenda and an informative summary to delegates prior to the event.

Also ensuring your event does not coincide with events such as football matches or council meetings for example, can make all the difference in gaining stakeholder participation, feeling keen and comfortable, and ready to give their best. As stated by the partners from Lough Swilly, "Preparation, Preparation, Preparation... " is the key to successful workshops.


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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