The aim of the Urban Adaptation Support Tool (UAST) is to assist cities, towns and other local authorities in developing, implementing and monitoring climate change adaptation plans. UAST was developed as a practical guidance for urban areas, in recognition of their importance in the European economy. The Urban Adaptation Support Tool outlines all the steps needed to develop and implement an adaptation strategy and makes references to valuable guidance materials and tools. The tool offers valuable support to both the cities that are just starting on the adaptation planning and to those more advanced in the adaptation process.
The UAST is particularly relevant to the signatories of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy; it is the main adaptation resource for the Covenant community and it helps the signatories to achieve their commitment of increasing resilience to climate change.