32 min

Global Water Scarcity with Tess Russo from the Gates Foundation Liquid Assets

    • Business

Water scarcity and effective management are critical global challenges, particularly in agriculture-dependent regions like Punjab, India. In this compelling episode of Liquid Assets, host Ravi Kurani engages with Tess Russo, a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to unravel these complex issues. Tess, an expert in hydrology, discusses the severe impacts of groundwater depletion and introduces innovative solutions such as Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), which are essential for sustainable water practices and climate adaptation.

Tess shares her vast field experience, emphasizing the importance of understanding both surface and groundwater systems. She highlights how intensive agricultural practices have led to declining water levels in regions like Punjab and underscores the need for multidisciplinary approaches to water management. Through MAR and IWRM, Tess demonstrates how capturing and managing water effectively can prevent further depletion and maintain water quality.

At the Gates Foundation, Tess is leading initiatives that integrate water, energy, and environmental systems to develop sustainable water management strategies. By fostering collaboration among various stakeholders and utilizing innovative approaches, her work aims to address the dynamic challenges posed by climate change and human development. This episode provides a comprehensive understanding of sustainable water practices vital for agricultural development and highlights Tess's dedication to making a tangible impact on marginalized communities.



What you'll hear in this episode:


Understanding Hydrology: Tess Russo breaks down the science of water, explaining the importance of both surface and groundwater systems.


Challenges of Groundwater Depletion: Insights into the critical issues faced by regions like Punjab, India, due to intensive agricultural practices.


Innovative Water Management Solutions: Discussion on Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) as key strategies.


Fieldwork and Global Perspectives: Tess shares her extensive field experiences from projects across various continents.


Gates Foundation Initiatives: Learn about Tess's role in developing sustainable water management strategies and the foundation's efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.



Tess suggests you read Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner



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Water scarcity and effective management are critical global challenges, particularly in agriculture-dependent regions like Punjab, India. In this compelling episode of Liquid Assets, host Ravi Kurani engages with Tess Russo, a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to unravel these complex issues. Tess, an expert in hydrology, discusses the severe impacts of groundwater depletion and introduces innovative solutions such as Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), which are essential for sustainable water practices and climate adaptation.

Tess shares her vast field experience, emphasizing the importance of understanding both surface and groundwater systems. She highlights how intensive agricultural practices have led to declining water levels in regions like Punjab and underscores the need for multidisciplinary approaches to water management. Through MAR and IWRM, Tess demonstrates how capturing and managing water effectively can prevent further depletion and maintain water quality.

At the Gates Foundation, Tess is leading initiatives that integrate water, energy, and environmental systems to develop sustainable water management strategies. By fostering collaboration among various stakeholders and utilizing innovative approaches, her work aims to address the dynamic challenges posed by climate change and human development. This episode provides a comprehensive understanding of sustainable water practices vital for agricultural development and highlights Tess's dedication to making a tangible impact on marginalized communities.



What you'll hear in this episode:


Understanding Hydrology: Tess Russo breaks down the science of water, explaining the importance of both surface and groundwater systems.


Challenges of Groundwater Depletion: Insights into the critical issues faced by regions like Punjab, India, due to intensive agricultural practices.


Innovative Water Management Solutions: Discussion on Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) as key strategies.


Fieldwork and Global Perspectives: Tess shares her extensive field experiences from projects across various continents.


Gates Foundation Initiatives: Learn about Tess's role in developing sustainable water management strategies and the foundation's efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.



Tess suggests you read Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner



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32 min

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