Follow our e-learning course.

Develop your own coastal adaptation strategy by learning key methodologies and techniques.

The IMCORE project ran from 2008 to 2011 and was funded under the EU Interreg IVB programme.

Access or download overviews, tools, techniques and examples of visualisation tools, educational tools, legal and policy tools, future scenario techniques, etc

Practical tips for following the IMCORE approach to planning to adapt to coastal climate change 

TRUST Guidelines for stakeholder engagement when developing coastal adaptation strategies

Once the reader has gone through this document he/she should have a clear idea on how to engage stakeholders and have created a table identifying their own stakeholders, how, why and when to involve their stakeholders in their planning/activity process and the level of their stakeholders knowledge on the subject/activity. This will then provide an action plan to bring the theory of stakeholder engagement into practice.


Read the TRUST guidelines online 

Direct Download of the TRUST guidelines

TOOL REVIEW: "This guide gives good tips on how to maintain enthusiasm of participants and how to avoid workshop fatigue"

H.Whyte, M. Le Tissier, J. Hills & input from IMCORE partners
Stakeholder engagement
Last update
December 2010
Partner's experiences in using this tool
See how stakeholder engagement was built up in the North East of England case study
On "the making-of" these guidelines
"Using the example of engaging with stakeholders in the North East of England for our couplet activities meant being able to create a factual guide based not only on the theory but more importantly on hands on experience making this document so much more realistic/relevant for potential users.." Actually applying the theory means that it has been tested to a certain extent meaning users can benefit and not make the same mistakes
Recommended external resources:

A framework for stakeholder engagement on climate adaptation (Gardner, J., 2009)

Stakeholder engagement in Marine Spatial Planning (2008)

Cost-effectiveness assessment???

Assess if this resource is right for you?
It is useful for audiences everywhere as you can adjust elements to fit your specific region or target area. The example used throughout the guide is of more use to UK based audiences but it can be applied to anyone anywhere.

Reviewed by Jessica Hodgson Donegal County Council & Marianne O'Connor, University of Ulster

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

We used TRUST to check how robust our level of stakeholder engagement was and to determine whether we needed to fill any gaps.

2. What changes resulted from using this tool?

The TRUST tool was useful because it highlighted the fact that it was often necessary to engage with stakeholders in different ways and at different stages of the process in order to maximise their input.

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

The stakeholders participation in the later stages of the process were matched well to the requirements of the IMCORE workshops to the strategic nature of the work involved.

We would have considered our original stakeholder group more carefully to ensure continuity throughout the entire process

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

The TRUST guide was very logical and easy to follow

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

Yes the process was cost effective; in order to reach the desired goal it is important to engage with the correct stakeholders from the beginning. The process is efficient and makes best use of time and human resources. This guide gives good tips on how to maintain enthusiasm of participants and how to avoid workshop fatigue.

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

This guide is a great way of considering all aspects of stakeholder engagement; it gives practical and informed advice and gives tips on how to overcome common pitfalls with regard to stakeholder engagement.

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.

 footertransparent updated