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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 

Coastal policy makers and particularly planners on the Severn Estuary. To be used to assist in the development of the Severn estuary adaptation guidelines for planners.

Download the guidelines here. A revised version to be made available in November

"TOOL REVIEW: This guide gave me a first approach of the method to use in my territory"

Gethin While
Exploratory scenario building, Coastal risk, management, Severn Estuary
Outlines the scenarios derived from stakeholders drawn from the gamut of professional specialisms relating to coastal management (especially spatial planning) who participated in a scenario building exercise with the aim of informing a more adaptable and sustainable planning response for the Severn Estuary in the context of coastal climate change (by 2040), in the autumn of 2010.
Last update
Mid July 2011
Partner's experiences in using this tool
Being assessed by independent external expert reviewers; Also being assessed by selected local authority workshops.
Other information:
Recommended external resources:
Links to other Severn estuary adaptation documents and to IMCORE scenario outputs.
Assess if this resource is right for you?
Not specifically for local audiences. Could be useful at the regional scale for policy/decision-makers.

''This guide gave me a first approach of the method to use in my territory''

1. Why did you use this tool and what for?

I used this guide to train me to conduct workshops for participatory scenario development.

2. What changes resulted from using this tool?

This guide was necessary, because I did not know the existing tools to develop scenarios. Using this guide, I learned of existing methods and was able to choose the one that was best suited to local conditions of my study site. Then, I used a method from this guide on my pilot-site.

3. What worked well and what would you have done differently?

This guide gave me a first approach of the method to use in my territory. However, in order to conduct myself in a workshop scenario, I had to complete my "self-training" by testing workshops fictitious in order to understand the different steps of the method and to prepare myself the difficulties encountered during the scenario development workshop (questions asked by participants, time required for completion of each step ...).

4. Did you tailor this tool in any way to meet your specific needs?

In my local context, we were not able to go until the end of the process as described in the guide. Rather than stop the process, we adapted our work to local conditions. Instead of choosing a 5th scenario from four scenarios co-constructed, we have enriched our scenarios by submitting them to local stakeholders (+/- 100 people) in focus groups. We have deepened the analysis of each scenario to provide more detailed elements to local stakeholders.

5. Was it cost-effective? In terms of economic cost but also in terms of human resources and time.

The guide is very useful for understanding a process of scenario development: it is very concise and very cost effective in terms of training.

6. Tips or recommendations to practitioners considering using this tool.

Do not hesitate to get in position before making a scenarios development workshop to assess your capacity to use the method.

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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