Water and land use in developing countries may receive more attention by the European Union, EurActiv reports. Luis Riera Figueras, director of the European Commission’s development department, explained before the European Parliament that because of climate change, there was a need to realign the bloc’s development policy to focus more on ensuring access to water. He said that increased investment in the water sector of developing countries is an important element in the fight to end global poverty.
Members of the European Parliament’s water intergroup agreed with Riera Figueras and suggested to put water access higher on the EU’s development agenda. Several Millennium Development Goals, including health goals and food security, depend on water availability, the members noted.