EU water initiative

Fresh water is a finite resource essential for sustaining life. That's why policies for sustainable development address the need for the sustainable management of water resources - for global interests.

There is evidence of an emerging global water crisis. Population growth, along with rapid
urbanisation, changing lifestyles and economic development has led to increasing pressure on water resources everywhere, and especially in developing countries. Today, more than 1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water.

Against this background the EU Water Initiative was launched at the Johannesburg Summit in
2002. The EU Council resolution of 30 May 2002 - which has endorsed the EU Water Initiative
(EUWI) and its focus on poverty reduction in underdeveloped countries - highlights the importance of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM,) and also emphasises the need to balance human water needs and those of the environment.

The EUWI is both a catalyst and foundation on which future action can be built to contribute to meeting the ongoing water and sanitation goals.

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