Baker Institute paper: Mexico’s energy reform calls for new water policy

Rice University 12/13/2016 

environment - energy - light bulb with paddy riceHOUSTON – (Dec. 13, 2016) – As the Mexican government oversees the implementation of the country’s energy reform, it must consider how best to prioritize water use in accordance with the law and allocate supplies thoughtfully, according to a new paper from the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

“Looming Conflicts? Energy Reform Priorities and the Human Right of Access to Water in Mexico” argues that energy reform, following closely on the heels of the adoption of access to water as a human right, has created a situation in which water-resource allocation – already a tense subject in the country – may become a source of conflict and social tension.

The paper offers recommendations for legal and policy initiatives that my help alleviate potential tensions as energy production increases in the country. It was co-authored by Alejandro Posadas, an independent consultant and lawyer and former Mexican diplomat and law professor, and Regina Buono, nonresident scholar in the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies.

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