Tailored Support for Cities: The Urban Adaptation Support Tool
Urban areas in Europe and worldwide are increasingly experiencing the pressures arising from climate change, and are projected to face aggravated climate-related impacts in the future. Cities and towns play a significant role in the adaptation to climate change in the EU. Several cities and towns across Europe are already pioneering adaptation action and many others are taking first steps to ensure that European cities remain safe, liveable and attractive centres for innovation, economic activities, culture and social life.
As part of the Mayors Adapt initiative, the Urban Adaptation Support Tool has been developed. It provides practical guidance and knowledge support to signatory cities as well as to any other interested cities, towns or stakeholders. It supports urban adaptation decision-makers, practitioners and interested stakeholders with a quick-start step-by-step guidance through the adaptation planning and implementation cycles. It also facilitates easy access to in-depth, expert information and data by providing a comprehensive up-to-date database of literature and information sources for each step of the urban adaptation cycle.
How to use the Urban Adaptation Support Tool
Urban areas are particularly vulnerable to climate change and thus Mayors Adapt is supporting cities and municipalities specifically with their adaptation actions. The Urban Adaptation Support tool has been developed as an off-shoot of the general Adaptation Support Tool on Climate-ADAPT platform, recognising the need of European urban adaptation decision-makers and practitioners in cities to be guided through the main steps of the adaptation process. It gives them easy access to relevant adaptation information, data, tools and guidance specifically tailored for urban settings.
The Urban Adaptation Support Tool consists of six steps that together help users
• explore risks and vulnerabilities to current and future climate,
• identify and assess adaptation options,
• develop and implement a climate change adaptation strategy and/or action plan, and
• monitor its results.
Under each step, several questions are listed that need to be answered in an adaptation planning and implementation process. A general summary of the issue is given for each question, followed by a quick answer and a list of links to relevant knowledge materials and tools for deeper understanding, as well as specific guidance relevant to urban areas. At the end of the list there is a link to the general Adaptation Support Tool, which provides broader relevant adaptation information not specifically targeted for application in urban areas. It is recommended that users read through the summary and quick answer of each step before choosing to either examine it in detail or proceed to the next step.
The tool highlights key issues to consider when planning and implementing adaptation, and provides access to relevant information, tools and resources and guidance.
Please see here for the Urban Adaptation Support tool.
Please see here for a presentation giving an overview about the Urban Adaptation Support tool – explaining what it is, what it offers and how to work with it.
Getting urban Adaptation done: technical and financial tools for cities
Please find here the presentations of the technical afternoon session “Getting urban adaptation done: technical and financial tools for cities” held at the Mayors Adapt Signature Ceremony on 16th of October in Brussels.
- United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) – Resilience Scorecard
- European Investment Bank (EIB) – EIB’s financial support to sustainable cities
- European Commission – EU Research and Innovation policy and programmes help cities adapt to climate change
- European Commission – Adaptation to climate change in cities: the role of Cohesion Policy