Development aid and international commitments
Development and ecosystems go hand in hand. Ecosystem services are indispensable to the wellbeing of all people, everywhere in the world. They include provisioning, regulating, and cultural services that directly affect people, and support services needed to maintain the other services. Over 1 billion people lack access to safe water supplies; 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation; 60% of ecosystem services have been degraded worldwide, exacerbating poverty for some and growing inequities and disparities across groups of people.
The EU’s external support reaches around 11 billion Euros annually. The EU is a major contributor, collectively providing 56% of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the world. Current EU ODA allocates only 3% of its total spending to environmental issues. Environmental issues are too rarely mainstreamed in external actions, as well as rarely included as a national priority.
Reforming development aid is a huge opportunity for Europe to match its development commitments with its international environmental commitments, including its biodiversity and climate commitments.
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