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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 

 "Take 20 minutes to have a look at the materials on the site so that you can start to understand what is involved and how important it might be for your coast. As one practitioner to another I can assure you that this will be time well spent".

Graham Lymbery

Public and political buy-in is essential

people societiesHow does the public perceive the risks of climate change?

Will people think an adaptation strategy is money well spent?

Are you aware of what could influence local politicians to support adaptation initiatives?


Coastal areas are specially vulnerable to climate change because they are naturally dynamic systems and are densely populated.  The fact is that human beings love living and working in coastal areas. Around a third of Europeans live within 50 kilometres of the coast and these areas generate over 30% of Europe's GDP. But are they aware they will be on the front line of climate change impacts?

1. As a practitioner you need to understand and manage the perceptions of the people who live and work in coastal areas. This promotes political and public buy-in to adaptation planning and action.

Adaptation actions are often perceived as being just about coastal protection. While fishermen want to protect the fisheries they exploit, home owners want to avoid their houses falling into the sea and hotel owners keep the sand in place.

2. Scientists have a key role in explaining the potential impacts and opportunities on our coasts at the local level. They also need to clarify the uncertainties and the cost of not adapting to coastal climate change. As one of the IMCORE partners pointed out" There is a risk that scientific knowledge is not used by practitioners because it is unaccessible or its style is too academic".

It is essential to plan from the beginning how you are going to get the key information and messages developed and delivered. Stakeholders need to share an understanding of the potential risks and assess vulnerability on their local economy, society and environment.

3. In IMCORE we were fortunate to work in Expert Couplets formed by authorities and research organisations which reinforced stakeholders confidence in the process.

Also, the workshops and events that brought together stakeholders during the development of the adaptation strategies allowed us to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and public perception at the local level. This provides a strong basis for the partnership to address the issues that matter most while building adaptive capacity.

Watch the videos below for insights on the importance of perception and how to achieve political buy-in

VIDEO: Dealing with perceptions about climate change VIDEO: Find out how to acieve political buy-in



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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