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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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"For us, education proved to be a critical investment for climate change adaptation"

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Who we are:

Sefton Council and Edgehill University

Key climate change issues:

Sea level rise, increasing storminess, changes in rainfall patterns, increasing temperatures and increasing humidity could have potentially significant implications. The knock on effects of these changes could see the Sefton Coast alter dramatically for both better and worse. Click on this link to learn more about Climate Change in the Sefton Coast; coastal activities that could be affected, drivers and impacts and our specific institutional framework.

What we did:

Raised awareness through the Issue Identification workshop, further developed the local evidence base (ie dune hydrology study, habitat response to an eroding coast, etc.), adaptation workshops and risk assessment, educational activities and pack for primary schools, local forum focused on coastal change and an academic conference.

The Sefton coastal adaptation strategy:

Click here to download the strategy

Our unique approach:

To support the understanding of future scenarios we developed the evidence base and communicated it to partners before workshops.

We have a strong committment from key partners on the coast to adapt. There is a need to embed the adaptation approach into existing policy.


Read the full summary of lessons learned at the Sefton case study

Planning to adapt in Sefton:


Engaging stakeholders

In hindsight even though we had allowed for a significant resource to be applied to communication we could easily have done more. We knew this was an important area but had failed to recognise our own limitations and skills when it comes to communication, it is not easy and should not be underestimated.

Click on read more for lessons learned through the educational activities, creating a resources pack and holding a forum.


Identifying the issues

We held a workshop to identify issues and raise awareness but had not clearly defined our objectives. We learnt that it is important to be very clear on what you are doing, why you are doing it, what you hope to achieve and adapt the action to local conditions if required.


Developing future scenarios

Whilst the approach taken to bringing the partners together for the adaptation workshop was not ideal it was pragmatic. What worked well to support this though was the development of the evidence base to support our understanding of future scenarios and the communication of this evidence base on an ongoing basis prior to the workshop; this meant that all the partners were familiar with the concepts of adaptation and the issues prior to attendance and made best use of the time.


Designing the Adaptation Strategy

As with all the stages it is important to be clear on what you are doing and why and in this particular instance it is particularly important to consider who else you are involving and why.

We identified risks and opportunities associated with climate change and documented them prior to presenting them to partners for agreement. As with all the stages it is important to be clear on what you are doing and why. In this particular instance it was particularly important to consider who could take actions forward as this influenced the degree of detail identified in the risk assessment.


Building institutional capacity

The approach to working with academics that exists on the Sefton Coast works well as long as we recognize that there will be limitations due to resources and other commitments and that the process inevitably relies to a great extent on individuals and the relationships between individuals. It appears to work best where both the practitioner and academic are passionate about the coast as they are more likely to overcome any barriers to achieving results.


Sefton’s Conference proceedings

Holding a conference was a good mechanism to draw in academics and collate their knowledge about the coast but tended to alienate practitioners. If doing this again it would be worth considering having two sets of guides for authors with the academic style for the academics but allowing for a report or case study style for practitioners which would capture their knowledge in a form that is easier for them to produce.


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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