The Approach

AMICA will be carried out as a set of five main activities:

  • Management/coordination: Overall management and coordination (Climate Alliance/Steering Group), Coordination of work on adaptation by thematic leaders. Steering Group meetings (delegates from participating public bodies) to supervise the process and ensure delivery of outputs.

  • Adaptation: Interregional thematic working groups on key themes related to climate impacts, e.g. flooding, coastal erosion, drought, overheating, led by theme coordinators will, during meetings assess, compare and exchange findings. Expert workshops to adequately address scientific implications and consolidate results. For each partner: Assessment of vulnerability to climate change, investigation of potential impacts in the region; inventory of adaptation measures already taken to address impacts, by interdepartmental work group. Surveys by regional/national partners. Input by CA on ongoing work in countries not involved, e.g. UK. Consolidation of a catalogue of adaptation measures through email discussion, international conference and Steering Group meeting. Scientific Group, composed of the thematic leaders, will verify outcomes to ensure scientific validity. It will primarily work by email or back-to-back with other meetings.

  • Mitigation: Assessment of measures in place based on Climate Alliance methodology. Self-evaluation using climate menu/climate scan; peer reviews (on-site visits by other partners) to counter-check evaluation and develop recommendations for further action.

  • Combination and application: Interregional Work Groups explore synergies between adaptation / mitigation during thematic meetings and expert workshops. Interdepartmental work group in each municipality to work out action plan.

  • Awareness raising and dissemination. Communication within cities (relevant departments, stakeholders), involvement of other cities/regions, creation of permanent network, dissemination to wide audience. AMICA is a co-operation project involving partners from 5 EU Member States who have not collaborated on climate change issues before. As practical results, partner cities will, with the help of the project, exchange experience on climate change impacts and responses, transfer good practice, and prepare specific adaptation / mitigation plans ready for implementation. The project is therefore designed as a network to create a sound and broad basis for further work on the topic. In order to address the complexity of the topic (variety of climate change impacts, need for cross-sectoral approach), the partnership involves regional authorities who will work with the smaller municipalities within their region, and national network coordinators of the Climate Alliance who are able to draw from the experience of numerous member municipalities in their country, and involve those interested in the further work, thereby substantially broadening the basis of the project.