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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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Gulf of Morbihan

"Our first steps towards adaptation have been to understand public perception, increase awareness and collaboration and provide a decision support tool for policy makers"

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Who we are:

The French ECN consists of SIAGM (the Gulf of Morbihan intercommunal spatial planning syndicate) who spearhead the Gulf of Morbihan Regional Nature Park project, and UBO (the University of Western Brittany) via UMR AMURE (the Research Unit/Centre for the law and economics of the sea).

Key climate change issues:

Sea level rise. Click on this link to learn more about Climate Change in the Gulf of Morbihan; coastal activities that could be affected, drivers and impacts and our specific institutional framework.

What we did:

Identifying local climate change issues, detailing the state of scientific knowledgeinterviewing key people, analysing uses of spatial planning tools, developing scenarios, using visualization tools, strengthening adaptive capacities, dissemination to existing networks, public presentation of findings through various communication actions.

The Gulf of Morbihan adaptation strategy

For more details please click here to see the results of the scenario to strategy work

Our unique approach:

Choosing or developing one single scenario was not possible due to the complexity involved (the large number of stakeholders and the prevailing uncertainty about natural events and timely interactions).

The interactive tree diagram, as opposed to paper documents, is the best way to make the information immediately accessible and in a format that is both user-friendly and better adapted to the managers' practices, expectations and needs.

Read more about the overall process and approach of the Gulf of Morbihan Couplet here.

What we learned:

Climate change adaptation is not a central issue for the local area.

French local stakeholders were not used to the scenario development method.

Scientific knowledge on climate change is inextricably bound to the uncertainties that accompany it.

Read the full summary of the Gulf of Morbihan case study

Planning to adapt in the Gulf of Morbihan:


Engaging stakeholders

Stakeholder commitment was the linchpin to the project's overall success. It is an element that does not belong to any particular phase of the project, but rather, is an underlying aspect throughout. Therefore, we can assume that all of the tools used during the course of the project helped to increase stakeholder commitment.


Identifying the issues

Additional techniques were used to identify the local climate change issues, which meant that information could be gathered from other available sources – thereby allowing a comprehensive issues list to be compiled. This list could have been developed further had the local social and professional representatives been more specifically consulted. However, this was not possible due to time constraints.

Click on read more to learn about what we did and the lessons we learned to identify the issues.


Developing future scenarios

Future scenarios were developed at a stakeholder workshop and further discussion on the scenarios produced took place through focus groups. The first workshop (scenario development) was very long and extremely intensive: a one-day workshop may have been more appropriate as it would have given the participants more time between the different scenario development phases.


Designing the adaptation strategy

This phase was carried out by UBO and SIAGM. Had time permitted, it would have been preferable to employ the services of an external agency to assist with the creation of the strategic tree.


Building institutional capacity

Through a preliminary consultation with local stakeholders, IMCORE were able to identify the main issues at stake and subsequently focus on urban planning and infrastructures. Identifying the major issues at this early stage allowed the IMCORE partners to consider a wide range of coastal uses, such as natural habitats, and recreational and commercial marine activities. Nevertheless, it must be noted that the study would have benefited from wider input. Had project resources permitted, the French ECN would have further developed the issues related to climate change impact on maritime, social and cultural uses. However, these issues have been dealt with, albeit indirectly, in this study.


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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