Latest newsFrom the HSBC Water Programme

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Reflections from World Water Week

  • Anonymous
  • 28 Aug 2017

World Water Week begins with a session inspiring conversations for the rest of the week by exploring the theme 'Water and waste: reduce and reuse'.

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. 

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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.

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 ‘.

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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.

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:

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.

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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.

What makes a good freshwater programme?

  • WWF
  • 25 Aug 2017

Find out what we think, based on our experiences working in five of the world’s most important freshwater habitats: the Ganges, Mara, Mekong and Yangtze river basins and the Pantanal wetland.

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. 

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

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.

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