Participation in the North-Adriatic (DSS-DESYCO)

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Climate change is a crucial issue for the North Adriatic CASE, therefore within the activities of the CASE a Decision Support System (DEcision support SYstem for COastal climate change impact assessment-DSS DESYCO) has been developed. Objective of the DSS is to understand the risks linked to climate change on the coastal areas of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia Regions.

Initial considerations

The DSS DESYCO (DEcision support SYstem for COastal climate change impact assessment) assesses climate change impacts on vulnerable coastal areas (beaches, lagoons, delta, estuary, agricultural and urban areas). In order to improve the usefulness of the DSS for the planning and management bodies of the coastal area of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions a participatory strategy was developed. Stakeholders were selected based on our knowledge regarding coastal areas planning and management bodies of the two regions

Modifications and Realization

A Panel Expert was organized in order to hear a variety of informed viewpoints and suggestions about the DSS output and how to adjust them in order to answer to the stakeholders needs.

Experiences made and lessons learned

The workshop represented an important opportunity to enter in contact with relevant stakeholders of the North Adriatic area in order to create a connection between scientist, providing new methodologies and tools supporting the ICZM implementation, and potential end-users, that can use these tools. However, the meeting let emerge some problems related to the high specific language implied by scientists which is not always shared by the other field experts. The fact of having sent the brochure with all the explanations of the terminology used within the DSS before the meeting has somehow reduced this communication problem. It is advisable to inform the stakeholders on aims and topics of the participatory event in advance, providing all the necessary information in order to achieve the objective of the meeting.

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