Throughout the project lifecycle, numerous stakeholders with different backgrounds, needs and expectations were interviewed and actively invited to take part in workshops organized by the project partners. These workshops consisted in participatory processes during which the scientists (climate knowledge and information providers) and the stakeholders (climate knowledge and information users) co-designed the CO-MICC portal. The idea behind the implementation of co-design processes in the portal development cycle was to create a demand-driven climate service, with easy-to-understand and easy-to-use climate information.
Two main groups of stakeholders can be distinguished: one composed of stakeholders from the public sector in the CO-MICC focus regions (see Regional Focus), and the other of stakeholders from globally operating companies.
The participating stakeholders from the CO-MICC focus regions were basically experts and decision-makers from meteorological services, research institutions, basin agencies, ministries, and intergovernmental institutions. The motivation of this type of stakeholder to use climate services is based on the potential of such tools to support informed planning and decision-making in the context of climate change. The ultimate goal is to ensure a sustainable water management at the basin and country levels for all sectors in the future.
Concerning globally operating companies, their increasing interest in climate services has different motivations. On the one hand, these companies are integrating climate change risk assessments in relation to their production sites and key supply chains as part of their business strategy. For instance, such assessments can help them identify sites that are projected to suffer from water stress issues in the foreseeable future, allowing them to adapt their plans accordingly.
On the other hand, companies in general are aiming to become more sustainable. A key step in their journey to become greener is the reduction of their water footprint. In this context, the usage of climate services which include water-related indicators can help them assess whether their planned future activities might exacerbate the projected water stress in a certain region or country.