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The Adaptation Support Tool – Getting started

The aim of the Adaptation Support Tool is to assist users in developing climate change adaptation strategies and plans by providing guidance, links to relevant sources and dedicated tools (urban practitioners find here also a specific Urban Adaptation Support Tool.

The European Commission has issued EU guidelines on developing adaptation strategies as a component  of the EU strategy on adaptation to climate change, with the aim to support EU Member States in the process of developing, implementing and reviewing their adaptation strategies. They provide a common understanding of key features relevant to adaptation processes, building on the experience available in the EU. The steps and recommendations of the Adaptation Support Tool are aligned with the contents of these guidelines.

Last Update: 28 May 2015

Guidance and tools

 GRaBS Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan Guidance The GRaBS project (Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco Towns) developed a document that practical guidance to help project part ...
 UKCIP ‘Adaptation Wizard’ The UKCIP Adaptation Wizard is a tool to help organisations adapt to climate change. It uses a 5-step process that will help assessing an organisation’s vulnerability t ...
 Compendium on methods and tools to evaluate impacts of, vulnerability and adaptation to, climate change The UNFCCC Compendium on methods and tools to evaluate impacts of, and vulnerability and adaptat ...
 The Integrated Management for Local Climate Change Response: Capacity Development Package The online tool Integrated Management for Local Climate Change Response consists of guidance papers, training ...

Publications and reports

 Background report to the preparation of the Impact assessment on the EU adaptation strategy – part I Current and projected impacts in Europe, together with their related costs, suggest that climate ch ...
 EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change The European Commission adopted the EU adaptation strategy in April 2013. Complementing the activities of Member States, the strategy supports action by pro ...
 Identifying adaptation options This document provides guidance on the identification and selection of adaptation options that can be used to respond to climate risks. It builds on information previous ...

City specific information

 Climate-Friendly Cities: A Handbook on the Tracks and Possibilities of European Cities in Relation to Climate Change. In an age where global challenges will significantly influence the life of each ci ...
 Seven Climate Change Lessons from the Cities of Europe This report presents and examines seven actions that leading European cities are taking to manage climate change in their cities. The data is bas ...
 Changing Climate, Changing Communites: Guide and Workbook for Municipal Climate Adaptation With support from Natural Resources Canada, ICLEI developed this resource to provide guidance for municipal g ...
 NordRegio, ‘Climate Change Emergencies and European Municipalities: Guidelines for Adaptation and Response’ This Guidelines booklet is designed for “hands-on use”. They are intended to sti ...
 Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change - Guidelines for Municipalities These Guidelines are intended to assist local communities in formulating Local Adaptation Plans (LAPs) or implementing some st ...
 The Integrated Management for Local Climate Change Response: Capacity Development Package The online tool Integrated Management for Local Climate Change Response consists of guidance papers, training ...

Research projects and information portals

 KomPass - Climate Impacts and Adaptation in Germany - YEAR OF LAUNCH The portal provides information on observations and projections of climate impacts in sectors such as health, agriculture, forest, ...
 weADAPT - YEAR OF LAUNCH weADAPT is an online ""open space"" knowledge platform on climate adaptation issues (including the synergies between adaptation and mitigation) which allows practitioners, res ...
  BASE project Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe
  MEDIATION project Methodology for Effective Decision-making on Impacts and Adaptation