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Princess Anne visits the Yangtze River conservation programme © WWF

The Yangtze receives a Royal visit

  • WWF
  • 9 Aug 2017

Three weeks ago, WWF-China’s Yangtze River conservation programme was honoured to receive a visit from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne in Changsha of Hunan Province.

The visit was held as part of a three-week trip to China to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of UK-China Ambassadorial Ties – and it was encouraging to see freshwater conservation high on a busy agenda of ecological, architectural and cultural activities, openings and events.

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.

Gita Kurmi, 12, at Gulni Tea Estate in Sylhet District, Bangladesh. WaterAid/ Abir Abduallah

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. 

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. 

Interpretation Centre launches ecotourism venture in Kokkarebellur, India

  • WWF
  • 18 Jul 2017

Kokkarebellur, India, takes its name from the unique relationship between villagers and birds that live there. A new Nature Interpretation Centre will now help drive conservation in the region. 

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.

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.

Davy Yan in Lingering Garden, Suzhou © Xiaodong Sun

End of Yangtze, Start of A New Journey. Reflection of Day Five of the HSBC Water Programme Award Winners

  • WWF
  • 20 Feb 2017

By Davy Yan, RBWM representative, HSBC China

I was born in Shanghai, where Yangtze River passes through, before reaching the East China Sea. Since  primary school, we have learned to treat Yangtze as our "Mother River" and be proud of many gifts it brings to us. We drink its fresh water, build largest inner river port on it, consume fish cultivated from its water system, and more recently utilize the electricity power generated from the Three Gorges Dam

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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. 

Credit: WaterAid / Tim Ireland

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.

They walk among us: The rise of citizen science

  • Earthwatch
  • 9 Nov 2016

Earthwatch’s Global Freshwater Research Manager, and Lead FreshWater Watch Researcher, Professor Steven Loiselle features in the international science journal ‘environmental SCIENTIST ‘.

Citizen science: great investment for scientists and agencies

  • Earthwatch
  • 9 Nov 2016

FreshWater Watch research shows that citizen scientists can provide a high return on the investment made in training and feedback. 

HSBC Water Programme and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Earthwatch
  • 19 Oct 2016

Take a look at just some of the ways that the HSBC Water Programme is helping achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

HSBC Photography Competition Winner - Gusti Putu Yudhi Sutrisna

Energy & enthusiasm inspire citizen science take-up

  • Earthwatch
  • 11 Oct 2016

At HSBC’s annual awards for employees involved in the HSBC Water Programme, staff were thanked for bringing energy and a sense of fun to help inspire others to take part in hands-on science around the world.

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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.

Gita Kurmi, 12, at Gulni Tea Estate in Sylhet District, Bangladesh. WaterAid/ Abir Abduallah

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.

Five years of transforming lives

  • WaterAid
  • 14 Nov 2016

In 2012, the HSBC Water Programme set out ambitious targets with WaterAid: to reach 1.1 million people with safe water and 1.9 million people with sanitation and hygiene.

As we reach the end of 2016, the Programme has exceeded its targets, reaching 1.5 million people with safe water and 2.2 million people with sanitation and hygiene across six countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Ghana and Nigeria.

Going the distance for WaterAid – Gobi Challenge 2016

  • WaterAid
  • 28 Oct 2016

In October 2016, 100 colleagues from HSBC travelled to Mongolia to trek 100 km across the Gobi Desert raising money for WaterAid. The conditions were challenging, with sub-zero temperatures and basic facilities, but the group successfully completed the trek and have raised US$300,000 for WaterAid’s work in India.

Cate Luzio, EVP and Global Head of International Subsidiary Banking, shares her thoughts on the challenge:

Samreen (13) infront of the new school toilet blocks, Karachi, Sindh Province, Pakistan. WaterAid/Asad Zaidi

Creating a better learning environment with safe water and toilets

  • WaterAid
  • 4 Oct 2016

In September 2015, we celebrated the signing of the world’s first ever target for universal access to clean water and safe toilets, as part of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Krishna Sunuwar tests out a virtual reality headset, Nepal. Credit: WaterAid/ Mani Karmacharya

Step inside the story – WaterAid’s first ever Virtual Reality documentary

  • WaterAid
  • 26 Jul 2016

It’s a day like any other. You get up and prepare to go to work. Then, out of nowhere, there’s a deafening sound like a helicopter. But it’s not a helicopter, it’s an earthquake. Who knows how long it goes on for.

How toilets save lives - what everyone was talking about at Glastonbury

  • WaterAid
  • 29 Jun 2016

This summer, WaterAid took its largest ever team of volunteers to Glastonbury festival. A team of 400 people, including 18 volunteers from HSBC, grabbed their wellies and headed down to Worthy Farm.

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Princess Anne visits the Yangtze River conservation programme © WWF

The Yangtze receives a Royal visit

  • WWF
  • 9 Aug 2017

Three weeks ago, WWF-China’s Yangtze River conservation programme was honoured to receive a visit from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne in Changsha of Hunan Province.

The visit was held as part of a three-week trip to China to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of UK-China Ambassadorial Ties – and it was encouraging to see freshwater conservation high on a busy agenda of ecological, architectural and cultural activities, openings and events.

Interpretation Centre launches ecotourism venture in Kokkarebellur, India

  • WWF
  • 18 Jul 2017

Kokkarebellur, India, takes its name from the unique relationship between villagers and birds that live there. A new Nature Interpretation Centre will now help drive conservation in the region. 

Davy Yan in Lingering Garden, Suzhou © Xiaodong Sun

End of Yangtze, Start of A New Journey. Reflection of Day Five of the HSBC Water Programme Award Winners

  • WWF
  • 20 Feb 2017

By Davy Yan, RBWM representative, HSBC China

I was born in Shanghai, where Yangtze River passes through, before reaching the East China Sea. Since  primary school, we have learned to treat Yangtze as our "Mother River" and be proud of many gifts it brings to us. We drink its fresh water, build largest inner river port on it, consume fish cultivated from its water system, and more recently utilize the electricity power generated from the Three Gorges Dam

Traditional garden in Suzhou, China © Xiaodong Sun

Reflexiones del cuarto dia

  • WWF
  • 17 Feb 2017

Por Tania Ramirez, ganadora del programa por el agua de HSBC ‎

Durante estos días de visita en China, he podido constatar una vez más, que el desarrollo sustentable no interfiere con la preservación de nuestra historia y tradiciones milenarias; antes bien con base en el trabajo y engagement de la comunidad, organizaciones preocupadas por el medio ambiente, empresarios y el gobierno es posible realizar las mismas tareas con un nuevo enfoque, respetando las tradiciones y la cultura sin dejar de lado El Progreso.

Traditional garden in Suzhou, China © Xiaodong Sun

Culture and Sustainable Development. Reflections of Day Four of the HSBC Water Programme Award Winners' trip to China

  • WWF
  • 17 Feb 2017

By Tania Ramirez, HSBC Water Programme‎ Award Winner, Mexico.

During my visit to China, I have confirmed my belief that  when governments, companies, environmental organisations, and local communities work together, it is possible to find solutions that are compatible with a country's tradition and culture whilst not preventing development.

Dean Bruce at Dontging Lake © Xiaodong Sun

From Problem to Progress. Reflections of Day Three of the HSBC Water Programme Award Winners' trip to China

  • WWF
  • 16 Feb 2017

By Dean Bruce, HSBC Water Programme Award Winner, Canada

Back home in Vancouver, I too often focus on the problem and how to solve it. My experience in China so far has taught me to focus on the progress instead. It would be easy to highlight my frustration with it being simpler to obtain WiFi and tobacco than to get drinkable water from a tap, or that buildings seem to be developed at the same rate at which they are deteriorating; however, that wouldn't be representative of the inspiring work I've witnessed in the past few days. 

Freshwater aquaculture project, Lake Hong © Yudhi Sutrisna

Freshwater Aquaculture on the Yangtze. Reflections of Day Two of the HSBC Water Programme Award Winners' trip to China

  • WWF
  • 15 Feb 2017

By ‎Yudhi Sutrisna, HSBC Water Programe Award Winner, Indonesia

China is the world leader in freshwater aquaculture production, the sector is not only important for the country's economy, employment and food security, but also has a big impact on the environment.

Some of the sector's practices have been identified as contributing to pollution in the Yangtze River and may, therefore, threaten the Yangtze basin's ecology.

Dongting Lake © Xiaodung Sun

What Price Development? Reflections of Day One of the HSBC Water Programme Award Winners' trip to China

  • WWF
  • 14 Feb 2017

By Sunil Kumar, HSBC Water Programme Award winner, India

Even as I was flying in to Wuhan yesterday, I was looking forward to listening and understanding about the partnership between HSBC and WWF to conserve the Yangtze. In my mind, there were so many questions on what issues were being addressed through the Yangtze Project, something that HSBC & WWF have been associated with for over 15 years now. A journey that, I was told, started very much from the city of Wuhan.

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