Latest newsFrom the HSBC Water Programme

Nancy Rono, one of the farmers who has implemented sustainable farming methods © Jonathan Caramanus / Green Renaissance / WWF-UK

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 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.

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.


HSBC Jersey on FreshWater Watch

Citizen scientists seek to protect freshwater amphibians

  • Earthwatch
  • 16 Sep 2015

HSBC employees from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man joined the ranks of Citizen Science Leaders with a Water Programme training day in Jersey.

FreshWater Citizen Scientist

“I am a Citizen Scientist” video highlights the joy of our volunteers

  • Earthwatch
  • 28 Aug 2015

FreshWater Watch citizen scientists from across the globe have combined to create a video showing how much they love being part of the global project.

FreshWater Watch Gemma Baldwin

Swedish, Schools and Super-excitement

  • Earthwatch
  • 27 Aug 2015

Gemma Baldwin, Earthwatch’s FreshWater Watch Programme Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, describes her experiences demonstrating our scientific methods to Swedish school-children.


HSBC Water Programme Impact Report Launch

  • Earthwatch
  • 26 Aug 2015

The partners in the HSBC Water Programme have launched a report to highlight the impact of the programme since its launch in 2012.

And so it begins…World Water Week 2015, Stockholm

  • Earthwatch
  • 24 Aug 2015

We began preparing for this almost a year ago; deciding what we wanted to present; submitting our plans; waiting for acceptance; deciding whether to have a stand and who from our team would go. Finally it’s here! World Water Week 2015 in Stockholm, a huge conference and key event in the Water calendar.

North Warren in Suffolk

Creating wetlands for wildlife and people

  • Earthwatch
  • 13 Aug 2015

Freshwater wetlands are one of the most important natural resources in the world. A number of major wetland restoration projects are taking place across the UK.


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.


Finless porpoise being carried to release platform at Hewangmiao Oxbox

Further Success in the Fight to Save the Finless Porpoise from Extinction

  • WWF
  • 17 Dec 2015

A second translocation project, supported by WWF under the HSBC Water Programme, to secure another healthy population of the critically endangered finless porpoise has been successfully completed in Yangtze River in China. 

Caption: River conservation work being explained to delegates during the event. Photos showed the past, present and desired state of the river in relation to the work being carried out.

Conservation champions and communities mark India Rivers Day

  • WWF
  • 8 Dec 2015

Joined by local students, communities and government, WWF-India recently celebrated  India Rivers Day focusing on the River Yamuna, one of the Ganges major tributaries.

River guards in Cambodia with confiscated gillnets – fishing nets which are illegal in the Irrawaddy dolphin’s habitat due to the risk of bycatch and injury

Good news for the Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin

  • WWF
  • 30 Nov 2015

A recent report shows that the Irrawaddy dolphin’s rapid rate of decline has slowed in the Mekong, where WWF is working with HSBC support to protect the critically endangered species.

‘Water Stories’ from the world’s largest wetland – The Pantanal

  • WWF
  • 18 Nov 2015

Last week was Pantanal Day! It’s a wetland that borders Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, that’s the size of Belgium, Portugal and Switzerland – no wonder it needs its own day of celebration.

HSBC makes a splash with ‘A Living River’ at Gatwick Airport

  • WWF
  • 12 Nov 2015

To mark HSBC’s 15-year partnership with WWF, HSBC has commissioned ‘A Living River’, the world’s largest interactive sound installation created in an airport, at London’s Gatwick Airport.‘A Living River’ is inspired by China’s Yangtze River. The Yangtze is truly a living river; vital for its wildlife, and China’s people and economy.  HSBC and WWF’s work to protect the Yangtze began in 2002.

Ganges River Dolphins increase to 1,263

  • WWF
  • 20 Oct 2015

Earlier this month, the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department and WWF-India conducted an ambitious four-day dolphin census along the Ganges River and its tributaries. Over 200 people participated, covering 3,350 kilometres, and now the results are in…

Dolphin census commences along the River Ganges

  • WWF
  • 6 Oct 2015

Today, WWF begins the start of a new dolphin census and commemorates the sixth anniversary of India’s National Aquatic Animal declaration for the species.

The Pantanal, South America

15 top facts for World Rivers Day

  • WWF
  • 25 Sep 2015

To celebrate World Rivers Day, WWF looks at five key rivers being protected under the HSBC Water Programme.


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