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WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

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.

WaterAid/ Ronny Sen

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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International River Symposium

  • Earthwatch
  • 26 Sep 2016

Earthwatch India and Earthwatch Hong Kong share community engagement successes and digital innovations at the International River Symposium.

FreshWater Watch Rules the Radio Waves

  • Earthwatch
  • 21 Sep 2016

The subject of fresh water dominated the airwaves as radio stations spoke to Earthwatch’s Dr Ian Thornhill and primary school teacher Tracy Guild during a morning of dedicated interviews.

On the penultimate day of World Water Week, Ian and Tracy spoke to 18 radio stations across the UK about water pollution and educating our citizens of the future about fresh water. Interviews were aired from 1 – 7 September and reached 3,018,000 listeners.

HSBC Water Programme Partnership Announced as Awards Finalists

  • Earthwatch
  • 21 Sep 2016

Earthwatch and HSBC have been shortlisted for Corporate National Partnership of the Year with a Financial Institution for their joint work in the HSBC Water Programme. The awards, run by Charity Times Magazine, celebrate best practice in the UK charity and non-profit sector.

HSBC employees discuss World Water Week impacts

  • Earthwatch
  • 15 Sep 2016

Powerful speeches and a year’s worth of conversations in a matter of days - were some of the comments on this year’s World Water Week - where the key players and influencers in water policy, science and education met in Stockholm.

HSBC employees and citizen scientist leaders gathered for a morning’s review of World Water Week. Interesting highlights were presented by a panel of experts from WWF, Earthwatch and WaterAid who attended the conference, and then employees opened up a discussion with the panel on pertinent issues.

World Water Week 2016 begins

  • Earthwatch
  • 29 Aug 2016

Earthwatch Europe has arrived in Stockholm for the international World Water Week. We will be showcasing the local and global achievements of our FreshWater Watch citizen scientists, and sharing the power of our partnership in the HSBC Water Programme.

New Freshwater Watchers in Mauritius

  • Earthwatch
  • 26 Jul 2016

A new HSBC Water Programme initiative, which launched on World Environment Day, is now underway in Mauritius. The ultimate aim is to foster interest in the environment and Citizen Science.

Citizen Science success celebrated

  • Earthwatch
  • 22 Jul 2016

Earthwatch celebrates 15,000 water quality samples and the final Citizen Science Leader training day in the UK. 

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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.

WaterAid/ Ronny Sen

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


 

 

Zulfiqar in his shop in Kalarwali. WaterAid/ Sibtain Haider

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. 

Supporting Nepal’s homestay industry with clean water and sanitation

  • WaterAid
  • 25 Jan 2018

Supporting the growth of small businesses may not be an obvious result of having access to clean water and sanitation. However, an eco-homestay project in Nepal relies on these facilities to succeed. 

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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.

Annual Award Winners arrive in China © Xiaodung Sun

Annual Award Winners arrive in China

  • WWF
  • 14 Feb 2017

The four winners of the HSBC Water Programme Awards 2016 arrived in Wuhan, China on Sunday 12 February to start their week long visit to see WWF's work on the Yangtze. The winners here to enjoy their prize trip are Tania Ramirez, Mexico, Dean Bruce, Canada, (Global Citizen Science Leaders of the Year) Sunil Kumar, India, (Global Champion of the Year) and Yudhi Sutrisna, Indonesia, (Overall Photography winner).

An aerial view of the Pantanal

Why worry about Wetlands?

  • WWF
  • 2 Feb 2017

Today is World Wetlands Day, commemorating the signing of the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands in 1971. More importantly, it’s a day to celebrate the amazing diversity and value of wetlands around the globe.

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