Latest newsFrom the HSBC Water Programme

The fall of Manchester of the East

  • WWF
  • 16 Oct 2017

We have been working with the leather tanneries in Kanpur for the past few years. Kanpur, with around 700 tanneries (around 400 are operational) is a major producer of leather and leather goods. Almost one-third of India’s leather export goes from Kanpur. Around one-fourth of India’s footwear factories are located in Kanpur and the cluster contributes to 40% of the country’s total footwear exports.

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 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.


The water pump in Osukputu, Benue, Nigeria. A photo from the Water Stories exhibition.  Credit: WaterAid/ Mustafah Abdulaziz

Water stories from Nigeria – meet the people behind WaterAid’s projects

  • WaterAid
  • 8 Apr 2016

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, recently overtaking South Africa as the continent’s largest economy. However, nearly 60 million people still live without access to safe water and more than 100 million live without adequate sanitation.

The Water Stories photo exhibition recently launched in London with previously unexhibited images and stories from Nigeria. Here we meet some of the people behind WaterAid’s work supported by the HSBC Water Programme.

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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