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World Bank Water Partnership Program Annual Report Now Available

The World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP) annual report, “A Waterway to Resilience” highlights the program’s progress and results during Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15). This year’s report showcases three focus areas in water: building resilience; helping service providers become more efficient and sustainable; and using integrated approaches to confront complexity. Each WPP-funded activity makes a unique contribution to client countries’ sustainability goals. WPP supports the World Bank Water Global Practice and its approach to Water Writ Large, linking improved water management to water services in order to help client countries meet the Sustainable Development Goals in water and water-dependent sectors.

The annual report features updates from WPP initiatives, including several AGWA-related projects and activities. The full report is available to view or download here. Read More...

High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy

A new World Bank reports finds that water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could hinder economic growth, spur migration, and spark conflict. However, most countries can neutralize the adverse impacts of water scarcity by taking action to allocate and use water resources more efficiently.

Water and climate change are inextricably linked. In fact, water is the primary vehicle through which climate change's effects will be felt. Findings from a new World Bank report explore the possible outcomes of a business-as-usual approach to water management versus a more progressive approach to water management policy. As they say in the video above, "We can't control how much rain falls, but we can control how water gets used and move towards a world of resilience in the face of a changing climate."

Read the original article from the World Bank or download the full report by clicking here. This story is also covered by the Wilson Center's "New Security Beat" blog here. Read More...

From the ‘What?’ to the ‘How?' in the Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges, Opportunities And Lessons Learned

Recently the Baker Institute welcomed Diego Rodriguez, senior economist at the World Bank and team task leader for Thirsty Energy, to discuss those efforts with a focus on the existing challenges, opportunities and lessons learned in the implementation of a nexus approach for governments and the private sector.

During his presentation, Dr. Rodriguez discussed the reasons why combined water and energy management remains an important area for research and policy design. Many parts of the globe already experience significant water and energy shortages — more than 780 million people still lack access to potable water and more than 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. In light of these issues, the World Bank launched Thirsty Energy in January 2014, an initiative to address challenges presented by energy and water resource planning around the world. Over the last two years, the World Bank has worked to address the challenges of implementing planning and investment solutions in South Africa, China and Morocco.

The full presentation lasts approximately 54 minutes and is followed by 18 minutes of Q&A. You can find out more in the video above or by visiting

New Book on Water Management | Earth Observation for Water Resources Management: Current Use and Future Opportunities for the Water Sector

The World Bank has recently released a new book on water management. Earth Observation for Water Resources Management: Current Use and Future Opportunities for the Water Sector describes some key global water challenges, perspectives for remote sensing approaches, and their importance for water resources-related activities. It presents eight key types of water resources management variables, a list of sensors that can produce such information, and a description of existing data products with examples.

This book provides a series of practical guidelines that can be used by project leaders to decide whether remote sensing may be useful for the problem at hand and suitable data sources to consider if so. The book concludes with a review of the literature on reliability statistics of remote-sensed estimations.

It is now part of the World Bank's Open Knowledge Repository and can be directly accessed at The publication is available to view or download for free.