A participatory workshop was held in Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne case study, Occitanie region, France) on 23 January 2024, organised by INRAE and CMCC, the project partners. The event brought together 11 participants from the Direction Départementale des Territoires du Tarn-et-Garonne (the local representative of the State at the department level), the Chamber of Agriculture of the Tarn-et-Garonne, an agricultural technical institute (Arvalis), a fruit producers’ group (Blue Whale) and the public authority for water development and management of the watershed “Aveyron Aval”.

The workshop aimed to present the project and gather information on the vulnerability of the Tarn-et-Garonne to climate change. The participants brought up the dependence on upstream areas for access to water, the high economic reliance on the fruit sector, and the degradation of the water quality due, partly, to eutrophication.

Then, the stakeholders were asked to categorise 24 LAMS from the RethinkAction Catalogue (from over 60, and pre-selected by the consortium) according to their relevance and urgency to be implemented in the case study. “Crop rotation with leguminous crops”, “Improve domestic water use efficiency” or “Increased food consumption of local products” were categorised by the participants as feasible and urgent measures to put in place. New LAMS were also suggested by the participants such as “raising awareness of the citizens about the consequences of climate change and adaptation strategies”.

This invaluable feedback will feed into the models currently being developed by the RethinkAction consortium, to ensure that the platform takes full account of the challenges faced in the Tarn-et-Garonne.

The next meeting with the End-User Community of the Tarn-et-Garonne is scheduled for June and will focus on presenting the project’s progress in terms of modeling the case studies.