(April 2012) Interrelationships between climate mitigation and adaptation at the regional planning level in Germany
The need for scientific research of possible interactions between climate mitigation and climate adaptation is a topic of growing demand. But to date, there has been no published literature on methodological approaches and hence empirical research on the interactions in the field of spatial planning. This paper presents a PhD thesis which is focusing on these knowledge gaps and will offer a specially developed methodological approach. The paper offers first pre-test findings on the topic by analysing how planners think about potential interactions between climate mitigation and adaptation. In future the guidelines will present helpful instructions for regional planners to avoid conflicts and encourage synergies by using an integrated strategy. They can serve as a mind opener and make the implementation of measures easier. As a last point the paper will discuss further research and methodological development needs for the proposed methodological framework.