Regional Development and climate Change

Regional sustainable development must consider and cope with ongoing climate change impacts.  New developments can be destroyed and specific concepts may no longer be suited for constantly changing climate conditions. Especially less developed regions should rely on coherent, consolidated decisions to avoid wasting finances and time. On the other hand, climate protection contributes to sustainable regional development, supporting the development of regional business and local infrastructure, saving money and contributing to independence in energy supply.

AMICA represents a new joint approach to making regional development concepts more resilient to climate change. The guidelines can be used for local decisions and moreover, they can provide a basis for a more efficient and coherent allocation funds for national or international programmes. AMICA will especially consider less developed regions as well as concepts for regional business development.

Because of the novelty of the issue, local authorities have very limited expertise and, if at all, respond with isolated measures to urgent situations. Moreover, since the climatic preconditions are different in various regions and thus the experience to deal with them also varies, transnational collaboration is crucial to the development of specific and adequate solutions that can be formulated into a comprehensive strategy.