Urban development should be further used to prevent river degredation, a think-tank of more than 60 water-leading experts has heard at a gathering in Queensland, Australia.

University of Michigan Professor David Allen told delegates that urban design should be looked at more closely than river restoration in the fight to save water resources, a report on Australia’s ABC Online says.

Ecologically sensitive design, according to Prof Allen, especially in undeveloped nations, is required to ensure clean drinking water. Healthy watersheds and rivers will be key to overcoming future issues surrounding urban growth.

The delegates were meeting at the International Symposium on Riverine Landscapes on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where issues such as Australia’s ongoing drought are being discussed.

By staff reporter