The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Baker Institute

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

After Paris, A More Fluid Approach To Climate Change?

On April 22nd leaders from over 175 nations joined together in New York to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change. AGWA's Secretariat Coordinator John Matthews joined with Regina Buono of the Baker Institute for Public Policy to write a piece for Forbe's on this historic occasion and what it means going forward.

"The agreement signaled a broad commitment to slow the rate of climate change and to provide support to many of the poor countries facing big climate impacts to their most vulnerable citizens. But what the Paris agreement really indicated is a shift in perspective: from a planet thinking about reducing the rate of climate change (and the regulatory and other risks inherent in managing businesses and economies with the primary objective of halting or slowing carbon emissions) to one looking at adapting to climate change by addressing the risks inherent in climate impacts. And the most important element in this shift—the medium through which change and adaptation can be seen most clearly and quickly—is water."

The full article is available here.