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Staying in school with WASH

  • WaterAid
  • 17 Apr 2018

As part of the HSBC Water Programme, WaterAid have installed a new tap stand and toilets in the village of Kushadevi, located in the Kavre district in Nepal. Students at a local school now have access to clean water and sanitation during the day, increasing their access to education and enhancing their future employment opportunities.

Arctic Trekkers in Training – An update from HSBC’s Karolina Macner

  • WaterAid
  • 10 Apr 2018

In August, 100 brave HSBC employees will be trekking 100 kilometres across the Arctic to raise money for WaterAid. Before the trekkers embark on the ultimate Arctic challenge, they have been undertaking some serious training. Karolina Macner has given us an update on what the London team have been up to in order to prepare themselves, and some tips for other trekkers in training!

Tourism for good: the role of hotels in ending the water and sanitation crisis

  • WaterAid
  • 4 Apr 2018

A new report from International Tourism Partnership has demonstrated the vital role hotel companies can play in widening access to clean water and sanitation globally.

In a new report, the International Tourism Partnership outline some simple steps for hotel companies to follow to improve overall water stewardship practices, taking into account the access to clean water and sanitation of the communities they are operating in.

Loans for change: supporting women’s businesses in Nepal

  • WaterAid
  • 27 Mar 2018

Radhika Adhikari, 38, lives in Itahari, Nepal, with her husband, three children and mother-in-law. Using loans from the Sangini Savings and Credit Cooperative, an initiative supported by the HSBC Water Programme, Radhika has built up her own business.

Radhika lives in in the city of Irahari in Nepal, with her husband, three children and mother-in-law. Radhika’s life has been transformed by initiatives supported by the HSBC Water Programme.

The Water Gap: access to water across the globe in 2018

  • WaterAid
  • 22 Mar 2018

Water stress is an issue affecting more than half of the world’s population, with 60% of people currently living in areas of water stress, where the supply of water cannot or will not continue to meet demand. 844 million people globally do not have access to clean water, a number which has risen from last year due to the increasing pressures of urbanisation, population growth, shock weather events and poor financing and prioritisation of water supply.

Landmark deal to conserve the world’s largest wetland announced on World Water Day

  • WWF
  • 22 Mar 2018

On World Water Day 2018, the world's largest tropical wetland has received invaluable new protections from three countries, ensuring that all future development of this extraordinary landscape is balanced with the needs of wildlife and people.

UN warns around 5 billion people could face water shortages by 2050

  • WaterAid
  • 19 Mar 2018

The United Nations annual World Water Development report has said that by 2050, ar

Women and Water photo exhibition

  • WaterAid
  • 7 Mar 2018

To mark International Women’s Day 2018, WaterAid talked to 8 women in Nepal and Pakistan, supported through HSBC Water Programme, to find out what happiness/wellness means to them.

Please meet the women and read their inspirational stories in our photo exhibition “Women and Water”.

Click here to view the gallery


 

 

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A year ahead look at the HSBC Water Programme

  • Earthwatch
  • 25 Jan 2018

A look ahead at what the HSBC Water Programme has in store for 2018 for Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF. Launching new projects and making strides forward in climate change related research into urbanisation, water and green infrastructure, it is set to be a busy year for all partners. 

HSBC and Earthwatch plan for a resilient urban future

  • Earthwatch
  • 25 Jan 2018

Building off a successful five year partnership, HSBC and Earthwatch have worked closely over the last year to launch the new global HSBC Sustainability Training Programme. Rooted in robust science and generating key research insights into climate change and urbanisation challenges, this programme is an evolution of the HSBC Water Programme partnership to focus on the wider climatic challenges we face in the wake of an increasing urban landscape.

How does urbanisation affect water quality?

  • Earthwatch
  • 3 Nov 2017

Throughout the FreshWater Watch programme, developed in partnership with HSBC and Earthwatch, global water bodies in urban areas were studied by citizen scientists to look at the impacts of urbanisation on water quality within cities, ultimately unearthing key issues that need addressing.

Protecting the East Kolkata Wetlands through science

  • Earthwatch
  • 29 Aug 2017

The East Kolkata Wetlands were designated as a ‘Wetland of International Importance’ in 2002. The East Kolkata Wetlands are often called the ‘kidney of Kolkata’ because they are a natural waste water treatment for 680 million litres of raw sewage from the 120 million inhabitants of the city every day.  The wetlands reduce the wastewater costs to almost zero.

HSBC Water Programme at World Water Week 2017

  • Earthwatch
  • 27 Aug 2017

This week researchers, business leaders and decision makers from around the world will join forces in Stockholm for World Water Week, the biggest freshwater conference in the world. 

New report celebrates five years of FreshWater Watch

  • Earthwatch
  • 18 Jul 2017

A new report by Earthwatch highlights the contributions citizen scientists have made to freshwater research around the world through FreshWater Watch. 

World Water Day and the next three years

  • Earthwatch
  • 22 Mar 2017

This World Water Day, we are excited to confirm a three year extension of the HSBC Water Programme, and to celebrate the achievements of its first five years. The Programme has helped to build healthy communities and to develop economies in 43 countries worldwide, bring water to some of the world’s poorest people and protect globally important river and wetland habitats.

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Staying in school with WASH

  • WaterAid
  • 17 Apr 2018

As part of the HSBC Water Programme, WaterAid have installed a new tap stand and toilets in the village of Kushadevi, located in the Kavre district in Nepal. Students at a local school now have access to clean water and sanitation during the day, increasing their access to education and enhancing their future employment opportunities.

Arctic Trekkers in Training – An update from HSBC’s Karolina Macner

  • WaterAid
  • 10 Apr 2018

In August, 100 brave HSBC employees will be trekking 100 kilometres across the Arctic to raise money for WaterAid. Before the trekkers embark on the ultimate Arctic challenge, they have been undertaking some serious training. Karolina Macner has given us an update on what the London team have been up to in order to prepare themselves, and some tips for other trekkers in training!

Tourism for good: the role of hotels in ending the water and sanitation crisis

  • WaterAid
  • 4 Apr 2018

A new report from International Tourism Partnership has demonstrated the vital role hotel companies can play in widening access to clean water and sanitation globally.

In a new report, the International Tourism Partnership outline some simple steps for hotel companies to follow to improve overall water stewardship practices, taking into account the access to clean water and sanitation of the communities they are operating in.

Loans for change: supporting women’s businesses in Nepal

  • WaterAid
  • 27 Mar 2018

Radhika Adhikari, 38, lives in Itahari, Nepal, with her husband, three children and mother-in-law. Using loans from the Sangini Savings and Credit Cooperative, an initiative supported by the HSBC Water Programme, Radhika has built up her own business.

Radhika lives in in the city of Irahari in Nepal, with her husband, three children and mother-in-law. Radhika’s life has been transformed by initiatives supported by the HSBC Water Programme.

The Water Gap: access to water across the globe in 2018

  • WaterAid
  • 22 Mar 2018

Water stress is an issue affecting more than half of the world’s population, with 60% of people currently living in areas of water stress, where the supply of water cannot or will not continue to meet demand. 844 million people globally do not have access to clean water, a number which has risen from last year due to the increasing pressures of urbanisation, population growth, shock weather events and poor financing and prioritisation of water supply.

UN warns around 5 billion people could face water shortages by 2050

  • WaterAid
  • 19 Mar 2018

The United Nations annual World Water Development report has said that by 2050, ar

Women and Water photo exhibition

  • WaterAid
  • 7 Mar 2018

To mark International Women’s Day 2018, WaterAid talked to 8 women in Nepal and Pakistan, supported through HSBC Water Programme, to find out what happiness/wellness means to them.

Please meet the women and read their inspirational stories in our photo exhibition “Women and Water”.

Click here to view the gallery


 

 

Building businesses and access to WASH in Pakistan

  • WaterAid
  • 22 Feb 2018

A new WaterAid project in Pakistan, funded by the HSBC Water Programme, has provided training for entrepreneurs to support the growth of their businesses.

Zulfiqar Ali, 31, is a small business owner living in the village of Kalarwali in Punjab, Pakistan. Zulfiqar owns a small shop which sells materials used to build sanitary structures, such as toilets and sinks. 

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Landmark deal to conserve the world’s largest wetland announced on World Water Day

  • WWF
  • 22 Mar 2018

On World Water Day 2018, the world's largest tropical wetland has received invaluable new protections from three countries, ensuring that all future development of this extraordinary landscape is balanced with the needs of wildlife and people.

Chinese textile business booms after betting on sustainability

  • WWF
  • 6 Mar 2018

Back in 2012 with the global economy still mired in crisis, the proud new owners of a bankrupt Chinese textile mill took an extraordinary decision. Instead of trying to save the business by cutting costs even further, brothers Song Lingyong and Song Lingyan gambled on a new approach: investing in sustainability and water stewardship to survive in the ruthlessly competitive textile world.

Pantanal Journey of Water

  • WWF
  • 2 Mar 2018

The Journey of Water was created by the WWF network to connect people and nature through freshwater with the key message that ‘water doesn’t come from a tap’. It was first led by WWF-South Africa, and has also been delivered by WWF-Zambia – WWF-Brazil is the third country office to host the expedition.

Before it all goes down the drain

  • WWF
  • 31 Jan 2018

Every year on February 2 we commemorate World Wetlands Day, a celebration of the floodplains, marshes and coastal areas all over the planet that permanently or periodically have their soil drenched. Pantanal Wetland is home to the largest of these, covering an area of over 170,500 km², it spans the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil, as well as Paraguay and Bolivia. This rich habitat is home to more than 4,000 animal and plant species. The motto of this year's World Wetlands Day is urban wetlands, which throughout the history of humankind have been continuously reclaimed for the construction of buildings, streets and gardens. 

Gharial rescue in the Ganga

  • WWF
  • 12 Jan 2018

Last October, WWF-India, together with the local authorities, came to the rescue of a gharial trapped 100 metres downstream of the Lower Ganga Canal gates in Narora. The animal was initially released 160 km upstream, in Makhdumpur village within the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary, as part of our gharial introduction programme.

Third finless porpoise survey in the Yangtze

  • WWF
  • 20 Dec 2017

A scientific survey on the Yangtze River’s endangered finless porpoises was launched on November 10th to record their numbers. Supported by WWF-China under the HSBC Water Programme and local foundations in the province, the survey is being led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Hydrobiology and it’s the third to be undertaken by the Ministry of Agriculture since 2006 (the previous surveys were held in 2006 and 2012).

What makes a good freshwater programme?

  • WWF
  • 3 Nov 2017

WWF has been working with HSBC for 15 years – we’ve learned a thing or two over the years. A new report looks back on some of the things that helped us have a real impact on freshwater conservation during the first phase of our latest partnership, the HSBC Water Programme.

Top 5 movies about rivers and wetlands

  • WWF
  • 27 Oct 2017

To help celebrate ‘World Day for Audiovisual Heritage’ here are some of the best movies about rivers, lakes and wetlands.

I love watching movies. I also happen to love fresh water, which can be a bit of a distraction, with me grumbling ‘turn the tap off!’ while the character brushes his or her teeth. Apart from that, when a movie’s theme connects to fresh water, I’m all in. Here are some of my favourites, spoiler-free.

Night Moves (2013)

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