Why adaptation and mitigation?

Even if we were to stop all greenhouse gas emissions today, we would still feel the impacts of climate change for decades to come. At the same time if we do not stop increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere we run the risk of changing the climate in a way that we will be unable to adapt to.

Consequently, addressing climate change and its effects presents a twofold challenge: on the one hand mitigation, that is limiting further climate change by reducing the production of greenhouse gases; and on the other hand adaptation, which is about preparing for the impacts of inevitable climate change. It is essential that climate change be tackled in an integrated way. The false alternative between mitigation and adaptation is comparable to the choice between mending a broken brake on a bicycle or buying a cycle helmet instead. Functioning brakes help to prevent accidents (mitigation), whereas the helmet is intended to avert disaster if an accident does occur (adaptation).

The objective of the AMICA Project is to motivate local governments to include climate protection and adaptation in their planning practices. Synergies are created when measures that control greenhouse gas concentrations also reduce adverse impacts of climate change, and vice versa.