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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

Most of us as practitioners understand what climate change is and given the amount of media coverage it receives most of us are also familiar with the idea of mitigation as a response to climate change. Adaptation as a response to climate change has not received the same level of media coverage and as such is not as familiar. Read through our FAQ from practitioners to find out more about adaptation.

What does adaptation mean?

Whilst mitigation focuses on reducing the causes of climate change adaptation focuses on adapting to the impacts of climate change; these will be particularly significant at the coast. Impacts might include flooding, loss of transport links, reduced agricultural production, threats to businesses relying on the coast. There may also be positive impacts such as increased opportunities for tourism.

Do you need an adaptation strategy?

A range of agencies from Governments to Local Councils have recognised the need to adapt and the need to build this into their planning processes through the development of adaptation strategies. In some places policy and legislative initiatives supporting climate change have also helped to put "adaptation" on the planning agenda. Adaptation strategies tend to set out what they think will happen as a result of climate change and how they will respond. Whether or not you have to do it will depend on the approach these agencies have taken in your area, whether or not you should do it as a coastal practitioner is for you to answer.

What is the added value of developing an adaptation strategy?

In the first instance it raises awareness of adaptation allowing practitioners to understand the longer term issues and their importance to them. It allows the development of a common understanding of what is happening and the identification of the gaps in this understanding. By developing it with all those who rely on or use the coast it provides a consistent and coordinated approach that everyone has ownership of.

You will probably have already developed some of the elements of an adaptation strategy in existing plans and policies so are already part of the way there and the cost of implementing actions can be low if you plan far enough in advance. But it isn't just about the need for an adaptation strategy it's about the way that you do it and the value this adds.

Why do we need a co-ordinated approach?

Each coastal practitioner in a geographical area could develop an adaptation strategy for their area of interest but this would be uncoordinated, fragmented and a poor use of resources. So maybe the question would be better phrased as 'Why do we need to develop an adaptation strategy in partnership with other coastal practitioners?' The answer: because with a coordinated, collaborative and long term approach to managing the risks and opportunities that climate change presents we have a much greater chance of developing a sustainable approach to managing the coast.

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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