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IMCORE - Innovative Management for Europe's Changing Coastal Resource

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Funding:INTERREG IVb – North West Europe
Total cost:5993551
Ec contribution:2996776
Start date:2008-05-01
End date:2011-10-31
Duration:42 months
Coordinator:Jeremy Gault (
Organisation:Coastal & Marine Research Centre, National University of Ireland Cork - Ireland
Project name:IMCORE - Innovative Management for Europe's Changing Coastal Resource
Project summary:The project aims to identify the key issues resulting from the impact of climate change on key coastal sectors including fishing, port development, marine recreation and coastal defence. These issues will then be used as the basis for developing adaptive management strategies at nine sites across North West Europe. Innovative techniques of partnership working between local authorities and research centres, stakeholder engagement, future scenario development and visualisation will be tested at each of the sites as part of the development process. Capacity to adapt will be augmented by a Training of Trainers workshop ensuring sustained knowledge transfer to local authorities. All the outcomes, and details of the methods tested, from the project will then be made available on-line and should prove invaluable for coastal practitioners (amongst others) charged with developing local adaptation strategies.

The project aims to promote a transnational, innovative and sustainable approach to reducing the Ecological Social and Economic impacts of climate change on the coastal resources of NWE.

Project objectives are:
• To demonstrate how the innovative expert couplet approach (i.e. collaboration between coastal managers and scientists using the principles of sustainability science), can help with the effective implementation of adaptive management strategies for coastal resources.
• To improve the regional viability of our coastal sectors by developing common decision support tools and techniques for future planning.
• To provide coastal managers with the capacity to implement adaptive management strategies by providing examples of strategies tested at nine pilots and technology such as visualisation tools, specialised software, best practice guidelines and a management process indicator set will be incorporated in a freely available Multimedia Distance Learning set of tools / skills developed, tested and fine-tuned as representative sites across NWE