The cities Agios Dimitrios in Greece and Bottrop in Germany could not be more different for urban planners. Here a pulsating suburb of Athens with 200 days of sunshine, there a small Westphalian town in the Ruhr area. Nevertheless, Ilias Savvakis, secretary-general of Agios Dimitrios, is full of enthusiasm when he talks about joint projects in the fight against climate

In 2013 the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) investigated trends in extreme weather events in Europe and implications for national and European Union adaptation strategies. Now, a study update found evidence for overall increases in the frequency and economic costs of extreme events.

The Italian city Naples has to cope with unbearable heat waves. In order to implement more climate adaptive planning, it needs to integrate urban regeneration and new construction processes. Here is a step-by-step methodology how CLARITY aims to realise a much "cooler" Naples.

The objective of the GAF is to develop a practical tool for use by city planners that is based on research data, takes into account local characteristics and does not discriminate against low-budget projects by favouring expensive ecological solutions.