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Mazingira Awards for Best Wastewater management in the Protected Areas. © WWF-Kenya

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.

The degradation of the highlands will affect the water cycle of the lowlands, and this will lead to a loss of biodiversity © Mustafah Abdulaziz/ WWF-Brasil

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-India

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. 


Winners of the Water Explorer Awards 2015

Water Explorer Awards 2015

  • Earthwatch
  • 28 Oct 2015

The winners of the first international Water Explorers Awards in partnership with the HSBC Water Programme have been announced at HSBC headquarters, London.

A nitrate test

High Nitrates Emergency Avoided Thanks to Citizen Science Leader

  • Earthwatch
  • 26 Oct 2015

Data gathered by Citizen Science Leaders has prevented a potential nutrient release in one of our FreshWater Watch cities in South East Asia.

Major milestones reached in citizen science study

  • Earthwatch
  • 26 Oct 2015

FreshWater Watch has reached two major milestones as the number of Citizen Science Leaders trained hit 5000 and the 10,000th data point was recorded. We caught up with the 5000th CSL and the citizen scientist who uploaded the 10,000th data point.

HSBC Employees Donate Water to Hospitals During Ramadan

  • Earthwatch
  • 19 Oct 2015

Volunteers from HSBC Algeria donate 900 bottles of drinking water to hospitals during Ramadan 2015.

HSBC Steve Irvine 10000th FreshWater Watch sample

FreshWater Watch Reaches Landmark 10,000th Water Sample

  • Earthwatch
  • 14 Oct 2015

"It’s really good that the bank is involved and they give us space to think about it as it touches lots of employees lives. It's not a huge amount of time to give up and it's great to be contributing."

HSBC Photography competition winner

HSBC Photography Competition 2015 Winners Announced

  • Earthwatch
  • 14 Oct 2015

The second annual HSBC Water Programme Photography Competition winners and runners up have been announced.  Talented entrants submitted their photos in five water categories.

The judges faced tough decisions and highly commended a number of entrants for their brilliant submissions.


Citizen Science Leader Elisangela with Scouts

Scouts Test São Paulo River

  • Earthwatch
  • 6 Oct 2015

Citizen Science Leader Elisangela did her first FreshWater Watch sampling in Brazil with a little help from the Albatroz Scouting Group. 

Phosphate and nitrate testing

10,000 Water Quality Tests for Ground Breaking Citizen Science Project

  • Earthwatch
  • 28 Sep 2015

Earthwatch is celebrating its FreshWater Watch programme reaching the 10,000th water quality measurement taken by one of hundreds of citizen scientists around the world.


Improving Urban Sanitation in Karachi

  • WaterAid
  • 16 Feb 2016

WaterAid and the Orangi Pilot Project are improving urban sanitation and underground sewage systems in Pakistan with the support of the HSBC Water Programme.

Water Stories Photo Exhibition Comes to London

  • WaterAid
  • 16 Feb 2016

Water Stories, a photographic exhibition highlighting the global water crisis, will open in London to coincide with UN World Water Day, 22 March 2016.

WaterAid/ Isabelle Neill

Double celebrations at prestigious sustainability film awards

  • WaterAid
  • 24 Nov 2015

HSBC NOW and WaterAid have received two leading awards at the Tve Global Sustainability Film Awards in London.

WaterAid/ Nyani Quarmyne/ Panos

A Ghana diary

  • WaterAid
  • 20 Nov 2015

In November 2015, a team from HSBC Malta visited the Northern Region of Ghana to see WaterAid’s projects first-hand. Here, Astrid Micallef Saliba writes on behalf of the team.

Kalavati builds a toilet at the home of Radha and Sunil Devi, Rakhi Mandi slum, Kanpur India, 2014. Credit: WaterAid/ Isabelle Neill

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development: A to do list for the world

  • WaterAid
  • 19 Nov 2015

World Toilet Day 2015: Achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development will require a top down and bottom up approach.

Women work together to pull up water from the dug well, Tharparkar, Pakistan. Credit: WaterAid/ Mustafah Abdulaziz

Three women in the desert – the story behind the picture

  • WaterAid
  • 28 Aug 2015

In September 2013, documentary photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz visited Pakistan with WaterAid to document the issue of water scarcity as part of his long-term project, ‘Water’. Nearly two years on, Ayesha Javed, Communications Officer at WaterAid Pakistan, writes about the village where one of his most striking images was taken, and what happened next.


HSBC Water Programme Award winners in the Pantanal: part 2

  • WWF
  • 5 May 2016

Winners from the 2015 HSBC Water Programme Awards are in full swing on their trip to the Pantanal, where WWF is working to protect the world's largest wetland. Today, Sarita Fernando, gives us her account of the second day.

©Anastasia-Taylor-Lind / Telegraph / WWF

HSBC Water Programme Award winners in the Pantanal: part 1

  • WWF
  • 4 May 2016

Winners from the 2015 HSBC Water Programme Awards have embarked upon their trip to the Pantanal, where WWF is working to protect the world's largest wetland.

Our biggest Earth Hour celebration yet

  • WWF
  • 5 Apr 2016

This year saw the biggest celebration for our planet ever, with 178 countries and territories participating in Earth Hour

Happy International Women’s Day!

  • WWF
  • 8 Mar 2016

We have a lot to celebrate today. Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, political and environmental achievement. 

Milestone reached for collective action to clean up the Yangtze’s Lake Tai

  • WWF
  • 26 Feb 2016

The Taihu Basin near Shanghai generates more than 11% of China’s GDP but this has taken its toll. Now, WWF has made significant head way in engaging all sectors of society to take collective action to tackle the challenge.

Dolphin pools, people and schools

  • WWF
  • 16 Feb 2016

How a Cambodian community is benefitting from protecting their local dolphins along one of Southeast Asia’s greatest waterways, the Mekong River.

Our Wetlands, Our Future

  • WWF
  • 1 Feb 2016

Five people whose livelihoods depend on the world’s wetlands share their stories for World Wetlands Day

Changing climate change: COP21, the Mekong and Earth Hour

  • WWF
  • 4 Jan 2016

Last month, the world’s largest climate conference took place in which world leaders concluded a global deal on climate change.


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