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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 

Future scenarios


Once the issues and drivers have been identified, the IMCORE approach uses the futures scenarios approach. Scenarios are special stories that portray plausible future which are designed to systematically explore, create and test possible and desirable future conditions.

They can help us to:

  • organise and interpret our thinking about the future;
  • understand how to create the conditions in which our desired future can be achieved
  • generate long-term policies, strategies and plans, which bring desired and likely future circumstances in closer alignment


READY - Why use future scenarios?

  • Future scenarios are the analytical tool most favoured for climate change adaptation planning
  • They work across disciplinary, departmental and institutional silos
  • The support decisions which are more likely to be implemented successfully
  • They fit naturally with human ways of processing and interpreting complex knowledge through stories and narrative
  • They support community-based management


STEADY - A few tips before you start


TIP 1: Balancing good timing and consultation fatigue 

TIP 2: Don't get lost in the detail of the process

TIP 3: Facilitation is key

TIP 4: Explain the big picture

TIP 5: Make it visual


GO! - How to use future scenarios

  • Learn how to use future scenarios to develop your adaptation strategy by our illustrated step by step online course.
  • Download the guidelines for preparing and running a scenario workshop.
  • For more information about this approach you can download a literature review in its full version or a non-technical version.
  • Watch the videos below to listen to our partners insight on why you should use the scenarios approach, how visualisation tools can support your workshops and using the seven question technique below.

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VIDEO: Seven questions technique

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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