RAMSES Communicating the urgency of adaptation and local accomplishments


RAMSES is a European research project, which delivered much-needed quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures, focusing on cities. RAMSES engaged with stakeholders to ensure its outcomes are policy relevant and ultimately enable the design and implementation of adaptation strategies in the EU and beyond.

The ‘Stakeholder mapping and engagement’ worksheet developed within this project is a step-by-step description of steps to take to develop an effective communication strategy to convey the urgency of climate adaptation. It can be found a an addendum of the RAMSES handbook and training package. The method contains an overview of pro’s and cons of some various communication methods. The steps are described at a high level, which makes the method open for interpretation.

Use in decision framework

Develop communication plan
Update communication plan (in phase ‘Develop adaptation approaches’)
Update communication plan (in phase ‘Prioritise adaptation options’)
Update communication plan (in phase ‘Develop implementation plan’)


Knowledge of stakeholders, their stakes, climate adaptation goals and communication.


The method consist roughly of the following steps:

  • Create overview of what messages to convey, when and to whom
  • Work out the results to draw up communication strategies for specific (groups of) stakeholders


Overview of what communication plan to use on which (groups of) stakeholders.


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