Global Water Supply & Management Issues - Dr. Chandra Madramootoo


The world is both growing and shrinking at the same time. As the global population increases, our interconnectedness becomes more and more apparent, especially when it comes to resources like food and water, water being the most critical element. Land is available and needed in countries like Africa for food production, but the infrastructure is needed to provide water to grow it and sustain it.

Water supply and management issues aren’t just a problem in the developing world either. Dealing with issues of flooding and drought in North America are necessities as well. How do we store moisture when we have an abundance? How do we prevent or control water in flood conditions? How do we better distribute what we have to areas that need it? These are just some of the questions being addressed by people like Dr. Chandra Madramootoo. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He is also the President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. I spoke with him recently at the Water, Agriculture and the Environment Conference in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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