The aim of the European project AMICA is to develop local and regional strategies which adopt a comprehensive approach to climate change. Climate policy should be an optimum blend of short- and long-term preventive and reactive measures, thus reducing future planning risks.


The choice between climate protection (mitigation) and adaptation to climate change is comparable with 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). Most people would probably opt in favour of both. This comparison also makes it clear that both mitigation and adaptation measures (in other words, spending money on both the brakes and the helmet) are relatively cheap compared with the damage likely to occur in an accident or disaster.


As Dr. Manfred Stock from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, who is providing scientific support for the project points out, "recent events show that adaptation measures are extremely important but these are reliant on a parallel process of mitigation in the longer term. If we don't do enough to tackle climate change, we will find that disasters are occurring thick and fast and our adaptation measures will be quite inadequate as a response".