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12th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC)
September 11-13, 2016The World Bank, Washington, DC

The 12th Annual Meeting of the International Water and Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC) will take place at the World Bank Main Complex in Washington, D.C. on September 11-13, 2016.

Since the early 1990s, IWREC has served as a premier venue for water economists worldwide to promote economic work on water resources, exchange information and research findings, and disseminate individual and joint work.

The 12th IWREC Meeting will be hosted by the World Bank under the theme of “Water Security in a Changing World.” The meeting will begin with a reception in the evening of September 11, 2016, and span over two days with 12 sessions from September 12 to 13, 2016. The session topics will include:

- Addressing the Urban and Agricultural Water-Energy Nexus
- Addressing Economy-wide and Global Water Issues
- Assessing the Economic Impacts of Drought and Climate Change
- Managing Water Withdrawals
- Optimizing Groundwater Management
- Moving Toward Integrated River Basin and Groundwater Management
- Improving Irrigation Practices and Technologies
- Increasing On-Farm Water Use Efficiency and Productivity
- Pricing and Conserving Residential Water
- Financing and Managing Water Infrastructure
- Ensuring Environmental Flows and Water Quality
- Improving Transboundary and International Water Management

An additional session will explore the state of water economics and future directions.

For more information, please contact: IWREC2016@worldbank.org

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2016

 

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

   
18:00 - 19:00 Reception (by invitation)

19:00 - 22:00  Hosted Dinner (by Invitation)

Welcome Remarks
Jennifer J. Sara (Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank)
 

Monday, September 12, 2016

08:00 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome

John Janmaat (University of British Columbia, Canada; IWREC Chair)
Susanne Scheierling (Water Global Practice, World Bank; Meeting Coordinator)
09:10 - 09:20 Opening Remarks

Laura Tuck (Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank)
09:20 - 09:45 

Keynote Address: Towards Achieving Water Security in a Changing World

Quentin Grafton (Australian National University, Australia)

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  Video: Welcome, Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
09:45 - 11:15  Sessions 1A-1B
 

Session 1A:  Addressing the Urban and Agricultural Water-Energy Nexus

Video Recording

Chair: Kurt Schwabe (University of California Riverside, CA, United States)

Rapporteur: Diego Rodriguez (Water Global Practice, World Bank)

“Managing the Urban Water-Energy Nexus”

Alvar Escriva-Bou (Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco, CA, United States), Jay R. Lund (University of California Davis, CA, United States) and Manuel Pulido-Velazquez (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain)

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“Groundwater and Electricity Consumption under Alternative Subsidies: Evidence from Laboratory Experiments”

Edgar Tellez Foster, Amnon Rapoport, and Ariel Dinar (University of California Riverside, CA, United States)

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“Fracking and Land Productivity: Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing on Agriculture”

Naima Farah (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

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“The Water-Energy Nexus and Irrigated Agriculture: A Dynamic Analysis of Conjunctive Groundwater Use in the San Joaquin Valley”

Kurt Schwabe (University of California Riverside, CA, United States), Keith Knapp (University of California Riverside, CA, United States), and Itzel Luviano (Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Mexico)

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Session 1B:  Pricing and Conserving Residential Water

Video Recording

Chair: John Janmaat (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Rapporteur: Luis A. Andres (Water Global Practice, World Bank)

“Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Water Conservation Campaign: Combining Experimental, Field and Economic Methods”

David Katz (University of Haifa, Israel), Amir Grinstein (Northeastern University, MA, United States), Anna Kronrod (Michigan State University, MI, United States), and Udi Nisan (Hebrew University, Israel)

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“Evaluating Willingness to Pay for Rising Agricultural and Household Water Costs in a Developing Himalayan Economy: The Case of Nepal”

Krishna Poudel (University of Missouri, MO, United States), Thomas G. Johnson (University of Missouri, MO, United States) Rachna Tewari (University of Tennessee, TN, United States), Joey Mehlhorn (University of Tennessee, TN, United States)

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“Money vs. Morals: Behavioral Channels behind the Response to Nudges”

Daniel A. Brent (Louisiana State University, LA, United States), Joseph Cook (University of Washington, WA, United States), Corey Lott (University of California Santa Barbara, CA, United States), Kim Rollins (University of Nevada Reno, NV, United States), Shawn Stoddard (Truckee Meadows Water Authority, NV, United States) and Michael Taylor (University of Nevada Reno, NV, United States)

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“Water Conservation Expenditures as a Household Production Problem”

John Janmaat (University of British Columbia, BC, Canada)

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11:30 - 13:00 Sessions 2A-2B
 

Session 2A:  Assessing the Economic Impacts of Drought and Climate Change

Video Recording 

Chair: Garth Taylor (University of Idaho, ID, United States)

Rapporteur: David O. Treguer (Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank)

“Aquatic Salinization in a Changing Climate: Impacts on Fish Habitats, Mangrove Species and Poor Communities in Coastal Bangladesh”

Susmita Dasgupta, Mainul Huq, Md. Golam Mustafa, Md. Istiak Sobhan, and David Wheeler (Development Economics, World Bank)

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“Local Consequences of Climate Change: State Park Visitations on the North Shore of Minnesota”

Mark Kanazawa (Carleton College, MN, United States), Bruce Wilson (University of Minnesota, MN, United States), and Kerry Holmberg (University of Minnesota, MN, United States)

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“Collective Decision-Making under Drought Conditions: An Empirical Study on Water Resource Management in Japan”

Kaori Tembata and Kenji Takeuchi (Kobe University, Japan)

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“Effects of Drought on Farm GDP: Eleven Western US States”

Ballav Aryal (Washington State University, WA, United States), Garth Taylor (University of Idaho, ID, United States), Jon Yoder (Washington State University, WA, United States) 

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Session 2B:  Improving Transboundary and International Water Management

Video Recording

Chair: Hamed Ghoddusi (Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, United States)

Rapporteur: Claudia Sadoff (Water Global Practice, World Bank)

“A Methodology for Using Surface Wetness to Measure Flow in International River Basins: Application to the Zambezi, Mekong and Red River Basins”

Brian Blankespoor (Development Economics, World Bank), Alan Basist (Eyes on Earth, NC, United States) and Neil Thomas (Resource Data Incorporated, NC, United States)

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“Virtual Water Trade: A Critical Assessment”

Hamed Ghoddusi (Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, United States), Mohammad Afkhami (Point of Hudson, NJ, United States), and Filippo Pavesi (Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, United States; University of Verona, Verona, Italy)

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14:30 - 16:00 Sessions 3A-3B
 

Session 3A:  Increasing On-farm Water Use Efficiency and Productivity

Video Recording Part 1

Video Recording Part 2

Chair: Spiro Stefanou (University of Florida, FL, United States)

Rapporteur: Steven Schonberger (Water Global Practice, World Bank)

“Efficient Water Allocation and Binding Hydrologic Externalities”

Levan Elbakidze (West Virginia University, WV, United States), Hannah Vinson (University of Idaho, ID, United States), Kelly Cobourn (Virginia Tech University, VA, United States),  Garth R. Taylor (University of Idaho, ID, United States)

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“Collective Action in Irrigation Management and On-Farm Water Use Efficiency: Role of Peer Effects”

Anita M. Chaudhry (California State University, CA, United States) and Aatika Nagrah (Independent Scholar, Pakistan)

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“Improving Water Use in Farming: Implications Derived from Frontier Function Studies”

Boris Bravo Ureta (University of Connecticut, CN, United States; Universidad de Talca, Chile), Roberto Jara-Rojas (Universidad de Talca, Chile), Daniela Martinez (Universidad de Talca, Chile), Susanne Scheierling (Water Global Practice, World Bank), David O. Treguer (Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank)

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“Water Effectiveness and Productivity Measurement”

Konstantinos Chatzimichael (Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus), Dimitris Christopoulos (Panteion University, Greece), Spiro Stefanou (University of Florida, FL, United States), Vangelis Tzouvelekas (University of Crete, Greece), Susanne Scheierling (Water Global Practice, World Bank), David O. Treguer (Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank)

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Session 3B:  Ensuring Environmental Flows and Water Quality

Video Recording

Chair: Linda Fernandez (Virginia Commonwealth University, VA, United States)

Rapporteur: Tijen Arin (Environment Global Practice, World Bank)

“Water Buyback in Agriculture: What Can We Expect?”

C. D Pérez-Blanco (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Italy; Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Italy) and C. Gutiérrez-Martín (Universidad de Córdoba, Spain)

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“Multiple Imputation and Surface Water Quality Data: Implications for Analysis”

Patrick Walsh, Megan Kung, Joel Corona, and Michael Trombley (United States Environmental Protection Agency, DC, United States)

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“Water Quality Resilience and Policy in an Integrated Urban and Agricultural Water Basin”

Linda Fernandez and Daniel McGarvey (Virginia Commonwealth University, VA, United States)

   
16:15 - 17:45

Strategic Conversations A

A1:  “Economic Analysis of Investments in Water Resources Management, Institutions, and Information Systems” (16:15-17:00)

Chair:  John Janmaat (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Presenter: Claudia Sadoff (Water Global Practice, World Bank)

A2:  “Economics of Leakage Reduction in the Network of Utilities” (17:00-17:45)

Chair: Kurt Schwabe (University of California, Riverside, CA, United States)

Presenter: William Kingdom (Water Global Practice, World Bank)

Strategic Conversations B

B1:  “Economic Approaches to Groundwater Irrigation Management” (16:15-17:00)

Chair:  Yusuke Kuwayama (Resources of the Future, DC, United States)

Presenter:  Steven Schonberger (Water Global Practice, World Bank)

B2:  “Cost-Benefit Analysis of Multi-Purpose Dams” (17:00-17:45)

Chair:  David Corderi Novoa (Inter-American Development Bank, DC, United States)

Presenter:  William Rex (Water Global Practice, World Bank)

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

   
08:30 - 10:00

Panel Discussion

State of Water Resource Economics and Future Directions

Video Recording 

Chair: Susanne Scheierling (Water Global Practice, World Bank)

Panelists:

Erik Ansink (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands; Managing Editor of Water Resources and Economics)

John Janmaat (University of British Columbia, Canada; IWREC Chair)

Ari Michelsen (Texas A&M University, TX, United States; past President of the Universities Council on Water Resources and of the American Water Resources Association)

Jeffrey Peterson (Water Resources Center, University of Minnesota, MN, United States; Co-Editor of Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics)

Kurt Schwabe (University of California Riverside, CA, United States; Co-editor of Handbook of Water Economics)

   
10:15 - 11:15 Sessions 4A-4B
 

Session 4A:  Moving Toward Integrated River Basin and Groundwater Management

Video Recording

Chair: Frank Ward (New Mexico State University, NM, United States)

Rapporteur: Sreedhar Upendram (Missouri Department of Natural Resources)

“Assessment of Farmers’ Vulnerability to Climate Change at River Basin Scale: an Integrated Modeling Approach”

Roberto D. Ponce (Universidad del Desarrollo, Concepción, Chile), Francisco Fernández (Technical University of Madrid, Spain), Alejandra Stehr (Universidad de Concepción, Chile), Felipe Vásquez (Universidad del Desarrollo, Concepción, Chile),  Alex Godoy (Universidad del Desarrollo, Concepción, Chile)

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"The Role of Bargaining Costs in Addressing the Depletion of Natural Resources: The Case of California's Groundwater"

Andrew B. Ayres (University of California Santa Barbara, CA, United States), Eric C. Edwards (Utah State University, UT, United States), and Gary D. Libecap (University of California Santa Barbara, CA, United States)

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“Economics of Integrated Basin Scale Management in the Presence of Dam”

Shokhrukh-Mirzo Jalilov (United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan), Saud A. Amer (United States Geological Survey, VA, United States), and Frank A. Ward (New Mexico State University, NM, United States)

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Session 4B:  Managing Water Withdrawals

Video Recording

Chair: Susan Stratton Sayre (Smith College, MA, United States)

Rapporteur: Gabriella Izzi (Water Global Practice, World Bank)

“Assessment of Economic Losses from Groundwater Overdraft in China” (via videoconference from Beijing)

Haifeng Shi (Ministry of Water Resources, China) and Xiaokai Li (Water Global Practice, World Bank) (VC Nairobi)

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“Adaptability of Irrigation to a Changing Monsoon in India: How far Can We Go?”

Esha Zaveri (Pennsylvania State University, PA, United States), Danielle Grogan (University of New Hampshire, NH, United States), Karen Fisher-Vanden (Pennsylvania State University, PA, United States), Douglas H. Wrenn (Pennsylvania State University, PA, United States), Steve Frolking (University of New Hampshire, NH, United States), Richard Lammers (University of New Hampshire, NH, United States)

“Groundwater Externalities with Endogenous Conversion to Tubewell Irrigation”

Susan Stratton Sayre and Vis Taraz (Smith College, MA, United States)

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11:30 - 13:00 Sessions 5A-5B
 

Session 5A:  Financing and Managing Water Infrastructure

Video Recording

Chair: Yigit Saglam (Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)

Rapporteur: Stephane Straub (Development Economics, World Bank)

“Households’ Choice of Drinking Water Sources in Malawi” (via WebEx from Lilongwe)

Stevier Kaiyatsa (Lilongwe University of Agricultural and Natural Resources, Malawi), Lawrence Mapemba (Lilongwe University of Agricultural and Natural Resources, Malawi) and Gelson Tembo (University of Zambia, Zambia)

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“The Economics of Water Infrastructure Investment Timing and Location under Climate Change”

David Corderi Novoa (Inter-American Development Bank, DC, United States), Jay R. Lund (University of California Davis, CA, United States), and Jeffrey Williams (University of California Davis, CA, United States)

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“Participative Governance of Irrigation Investments in a Developing Country - A Study of Irrigation Tanks in India”

A. Usha, A. Pouchepparadjou and L. Umamaheswari (Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru College of Agriculture and Research Institute Karaikal, India)

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“Downside Risk in Reservoir Management”

Catarina Roseta-Palmaz (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal), and Yigit Saglam (Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)

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Session 5B:  Improving Irrigation Practices and Technologies

Video Recording 

Chair: Boris Bravo-Ureta (University of Connecticut, CT, United States; and Universidad de Talca, Chile)

Rapporteur: Shiva Makki (Development Economics, World Bank)

“Diffusion of Micro-Irrigation Technologies in Gujarat, Western India: Do Institutions and Policies Matter?” (via WebEx from Ahmedabad)

Chandra Sekhar Bahinipati and P.K. Viswanathan (Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Ahmedabad, India)

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“Adoption of Irrigation Technology: Understanding the Role of Social Capital within the Adoption Decision Process”

Claudia Hunecke (The University of Göttingen, Germany), Alejandra Engler (Universidad de Talca, Chile), Roberto Jara-Rojas (Universidad de Talca, Chile), and Marijn Poortvliet (Wageningen University, Netherlands)

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“Water Use in Heat Stress Mitigation Considering Producer Behavior”

Federico J. Trindade, Lilyan E. Fulginiti, and Richard Perrin (University of Nebraska, NE, United States)

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“Bio-Economic Farm-Level Analysis of Growing Brassica as a Biodiesel crop in the West-side of the San Joaquin Valley of California”

Lucia Levers and Kurt Schwabe (University of California Riverside, CA, United States)

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14:15 - 15:45 Sessions 6A-6B
 

Session 6A:  Addressing Economy-wide and Global Water Issues

Video Recording

Chair: Sarah Ann Wheeler (University of Adelaide, Australia)

Rapporteur: Richard Damania (Water Global Practice, World Bank)

“Economy Wide Impacts of Multipurpose Water Development in Coastal Region of Kenya”

Lulit Mitik Beyene (Partnership for Economic Policy, Kenya), Hélène Maisonnave (Le Havre University, France), Amarendra Sahoo (Partnership for Economic Policy, Kenya), Bekele Shiferaw (Partnership for Economic Policy, Kenya), Regassa Ensermu Namara (Water Global Practice, World Bank)

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“Achieving Sustainable Irrigation Water Withdrawals: Global Impacts on Food Production and Land Use”

Jing Liu (Purdue University, IN, United States) Thomas Hertel (Purdue University, IN, United States), Uris Baldos (Purdue University, IN, United States), Richard Lammers (University of New Hampshire, NH, United States) and Alexander Prusevich (University of New Hampshire, NH, United States)

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“Developing a Water Market Readiness Assessment”

Sarah Ann Wheeler (University of Adelaide, Australia), Adam Loch (University of Adelaide, Australia), Lin Crase (University of South Australia, Australia), Mike Young (University of Adelaide, Australia), and Quentin Grafton (Australian National University, Australia) 

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Session 6B:  Optimizing Groundwater Management

Video Recording Part 1

Video Recording Part 2

Chair: Yusuke Kuwayama (Resources for the Future, DC, United States)

Rapporteur: Hanan Jacoby (Development Economics, World Bank)

“Distortive Institutions, Strategic Behavior, and Groundwater Demand in Mexico”

Juan Sesmero (Purdue University, IN, United States) and Karina Schoengold (University of Nebraska, NE, United States)

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“Shadow Price of Water under Varying Risk Behavior”

Sankalp Sharma (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE, United States), Tajamul Haque (Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India), Rifat Mansur (North Carolina State University) Anil Giri (University of Missouri, MO, United States)

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“Optimal Groundwater Management under Uncertain Climate and its Implication on Irrigation Water Availability in the Coastal North-Niayes Region of Senegal”

Amy Faye (Institute of Agricultural Research, Senegal) and Siwa Msangi (International Food Policy Research Institute, DC, United States)

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“The Effects of Climate Change on Groundwater Extraction for Agriculture and Land-use Change” (via WebEx from Davis)

Ernst Bertone Oehninger, Cynthia Lin Lawell, and James N. Sanchirico (University of California Davis, CA, United States)

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16:00 - 17:55

Rapporteurs’ Session Reports and Panel Discussion

Implications for the World Bank

Video Recording - Rapporteurs' Session Reports

Video Recording - Panel Discussion & Closing Remarks

Chair: Marianne Fay (Chief Economist, Sustainable Development, World Bank)

Panelists:

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez (Sr. Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank)

Julia Bucknall (Director, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank)

John Roome (Sr. Director, Climate Change Cross-Cutting Solutions Area, World Bank)

Francisco Ferreira (Sr. Adviser, Poverty and Inequality, Development Economics, World Bank)

Jennifer J. Sara (Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank)

17:55 - 18:00

Closing Remarks

Jennifer J. Sara (Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank)

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Last Updated: Oct 13, 2016

Members of the Organizing Committee for the 12th IWREC Meeting:

  • Susanne Scheierling, Senior Irrigation Water Economist, Water Global Practice, World Bank (Coordinator)
  • Diego Rodriguez, Senior Economist, Water Global Practice, World Bank
  • Michael Toman, Research Manager, Development Research Group, Energy and Environment, World Bank
  • Shiva Makki, Senior Economist, Development Research Group, Research Support, Water Global Practice, World Bank
  • Caroline van den Berg, Lead Water and Sanitation Specialist, Water Global Practice, World Bank
  • Mona Sur, Manager, Portfolio and Operations, East Asia and Pacific, World Bank
  • Yusuke Kuwayama, Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Sheila Olmstead, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin (Member of IWREC Advisory Board)
  • Ariel Dinar, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside
  • John Janmaat, Associate Professor of Economics, University of British Columbia, Canada (IWREC Chair and Coordinator)

With Support from:

  • Kathia Havens, Technical Specialist, Water Global Practice, World Bank

     

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2016

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    International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC)

    International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC) is a platform for water economists that promotes economic work on water resources, exchange of information and research findings, and dissemination of individual and joint work.
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    The Water Partnership Program (WPP) is a multi-donor trust fund that enables the World Bank to bring innovation and leverage investments in the water sector.

Accommodations 

The World Bank has negotiated a group rate for participants at Club Quarters Hotel. Participants can book with a discounted rate by using the Group Code by August 11, 2016. It is recommended to book lodging early to secure the discounted rate. Club Quarters will request a credit card to confirm the reservation. Room rates are in USD and do not include taxes (currently 14.5%).

Club Quarters
839 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 974-4222 or (203) 905-2100 / Outside US: +44-020-7451-5800
Email: memberservices@clubquarters.com

Distance to the World Bank: 0.2 miles

Online reservations can be made by using this link.
Group code: WBSC91
Standard Room (275 square feet): $207 per night for September 10, 11, 12, and 15, 2016; and $232 per night for September 13 and 14, 2016.
(In lieu of a queen-size bed in a Standard Room, two twin-size beds may be requested.)

Metro Directions

The nearest station on the Orange Line is Farragut West (about 2 blocks from the Main Complex building).  On the Red Line the nearest station is Farragut North (about 4 blocks from the main building). For more information about the Washington, DC metro, see Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Train Directions

Most Amtrak trains traveling to Washington, DC arrive at Union Station.  To get to the Main Complex building, take a taxi or the Red Line from Union Station to Farragut North.  For more train information, see Amtrak.

Airport Directions

The following links show the directions to the World Bank from the three main airports:

·         Dulles International Airport - IAD

·         Reagan National Airport - DCA

·         Baltimore Airport - BWI

Ground Transportation from the Airports

The Washington Flyer Super Shuttle provides a door-to-door shared ride van service from IAD and DCA.  No reservations are needed for outbound service from the airports.  For information on rates and reservations, call 1-800-BLUEVAN or go towww.supershuttle.com.

Taxicab stands are located near the Arrivals (baggage claim) exits of each airport.  Dispatchers will help you select a taxicab based on your destination in Washington DC, Virginia, or Maryland.  

Washington Flyer Taxicabs serve Dulles International Airport with a 24-hour service, and provide transportation at metered rates to any destination within Metropolitan Washington area.  No reservations are needed for outbound service from the airports.  For information on rates and reservations, call 703-572-8294.

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016