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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).

Spend a Penny, Save a Pound: WaterAid calls for the UK to become a leader in water, sanitation and hygiene

  • WaterAid
  • 28 Nov 2017

WaterAid have launched a new film Spend a Penny, Save a Pound’, calling on the UK Government to become a global water, sanitation and hygiene leader. The film features Douglas Flint, previous Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings.

One in ten people still don’t have access to clean water, and one in three don’t have access to a decent toilet. The UK Government has the power to change this.

Delivering education for sustainable change in Pakistan

  • WaterAid
  • 20 Nov 2017

Pakistan is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Due to this rapid growth in population and urbanisation, as well as prolonged political instability, many people living in the country don’t have access to clean drinking water or a decent toilet. 16 million people living in Pakistan still don’t have access to clean water, and 68 million people still don’t have access to adequate sanitation.

Driving female entrepreneurship with clean water

  • WaterAid
  • 3 Nov 2017

WaterAid, together with the HSBC Water Programme, are working to provide clean water and sanitation to communities living in rural Ghana. The accessibility of clean water is empowering women to join the workforce and start their own business, which is driving entrepreneurship and contributing to gender equality.  

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.

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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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.

FreshWater Watch shares crowdsourcing innovation

  • Earthwatch
  • 2 Dec 2016

FreshWater Watch shares crowdsourcing innovation to amplify research and understanding of freshwater resources. 

HSBC Water Programme celebrates five years’ global impact

  • Earthwatch
  • 25 Nov 2016

Global and UK partners of the HSBC Water Programme (HWP) gathered in London to celebrate exceeding their five year goals.

HWP is a five year, US$100m programme in partnership with Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF, three of the world’s most respected environmental and sustainable development organisations, and over 60 other NGOs.

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Spend a Penny, Save a Pound: WaterAid calls for the UK to become a leader in water, sanitation and hygiene

  • WaterAid
  • 28 Nov 2017

WaterAid have launched a new film Spend a Penny, Save a Pound’, calling on the UK Government to become a global water, sanitation and hygiene leader. The film features Douglas Flint, previous Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings.

One in ten people still don’t have access to clean water, and one in three don’t have access to a decent toilet. The UK Government has the power to change this.

Delivering education for sustainable change in Pakistan

  • WaterAid
  • 20 Nov 2017

Pakistan is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Due to this rapid growth in population and urbanisation, as well as prolonged political instability, many people living in the country don’t have access to clean drinking water or a decent toilet. 16 million people living in Pakistan still don’t have access to clean water, and 68 million people still don’t have access to adequate sanitation.

Driving female entrepreneurship with clean water

  • WaterAid
  • 3 Nov 2017

WaterAid, together with the HSBC Water Programme, are working to provide clean water and sanitation to communities living in rural Ghana. The accessibility of clean water is empowering women to join the workforce and start their own business, which is driving entrepreneurship and contributing to gender equality.  

Creating Partnerships for Change: The HSBC Water Programme at World Water Week 2017

  • WaterAid
  • 5 Sep 2017

WaterAid’s ambition is to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene available for everyone, everywhere by 2030. With 844 million people still living without access to clean water, and 2.3 billion without adequate sanitation, we do not underestimate the scale of this task. We know that achieving SDG Goal 6 (ensure access to water and sanitation for all) is only possible through committed partnerships across public, private and not for profit organisations. These partnerships have the potential to drive change in a number of ways. 

The biggest water fight this summer

  • WaterAid
  • 16 Aug 2017

This summer, WaterAid have been spreading the message all over the UK about a very important water fight.

Water Stories: The global water crisis in pictures

  • WaterAid
  • 18 Jul 2017

HSBC’s global charity partners, together with photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz, have documented images and stories highlighting the global water crisis. The Water Stories exhibition is currently being shown at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver, from 7-24 July, 2017.

Hand in hand: providing water and dignity to Bangladesh’s tea pickers

  • WaterAid
  • 18 Jul 2017

Working with local partner IDEA, WaterAid were the first NGO to gain access to tea gardens in Bangladesh, and provide clean drinking water and working toilets for tea pickers. 

Empowering women through WASH

  • WaterAid
  • 7 Mar 2017

The theme of International Women's Day 2017 (8 March) is to celebrate women’s achievements and to help forge a better working world – a more inclusive, gender equal world.

In many countries, girls and women are responsible for fetching water for their families. They walk for miles, carry heavy buckets and may have to queue for hours. The work is back-breaking and time-consuming. Often the water is contaminated and unsafe to drink, even deadly.

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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)

The fall of Manchester of the East

  • WWF
  • 16 Oct 2017

We have been working with the leather tanneries in Kanpur for the past few years. Kanpur, with around 700 tanneries (around 400 are operational) is a major producer of leather and leather goods. Almost one-third of India’s leather export goes from Kanpur. Around one-fourth of India’s footwear factories are located in Kanpur and the cluster contributes to 40% of the country’s total footwear exports.

Appropriate wastewater management in the Mara

  • WWF
  • 14 Sep 2017

WWF-Kenya recently partnered with the Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda to recognise and reward best performing facilities in waste management in the Mara ecosystem. The partnership aims to raise awareness on the need for appropriate waste management and encourage more facilities to adopt the technology.

Protecting the Pantanal isn’t enough when less than half its headwaters are protected

  • WWF
  • 13 Sep 2017

A study by WWF-Brazil, the Dom Bosco Catholic University (UCDB) and the Tuiuiú Foundation, has revealed bad news for the Pantanal: only 45% of the headwaters region of the Pantanal is preserved, and its legal reserve has a deficit of approximately 392,000 hectares.

A community on a mission to save the Ganga

  • WWF
  • 29 Aug 2017

The UN has warned that our planet is facing a 4 per cent shortfall in water supply by 2030. Meanwhile the World Economic Forum says the next 10 years will likely see water-related problems are impact the global economy more than any other risks.

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