Throughout the FreshWater Watch programme, developed in partnership with HSBC and Earthwatch, global water bodies in urban areas were studied by citizen scientists to look at the impacts of urbanisation on water quality within cities, ultimately unearthing key issues that need addressing.
WWF has been working with HSBC for 15 years – we’ve learned a thing or two over the years. A new report looks back on some of the things that helped us have a real impact on freshwater conservation during the first phase of our latest partnership, the HSBC Water Programme.
To help celebrate ‘World Day for Audiovisual Heritage’ here are some of the best movies about rivers, lakes and wetlands.
I love watching movies. I also happen to love fresh water, which can be a bit of a distraction, with me grumbling ‘turn the tap off!’ while the character brushes his or her teeth. Apart from that, when a movie’s theme connects to fresh water, I’m all in. Here are some of my favourites, spoiler-free.
Night Moves (2013)
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.
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.
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.
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.
How citizen observatories are empowering communities to be part of the solution to the water challenge.
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 Watch citizen scientists from across the globe have combined to create a video showing how much they love being part of the global project.
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.
The partners in the HSBC Water Programme have launched a report to highlight the impact of the programme since its launch in 2012.
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.
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.
This summer, WaterAid took its largest ever team of volunteers to Glastonbury festival. A team of 400 people, including 18 volunteers from HSBC, grabbed their wellies and headed down to Worthy Farm.
With just over six months left of the five-year partnership, WaterAid has already surpassed their global targets under the HSBC Water Programme by reaching more than 1.4 million people with safe water and 2 million people with sanitation.
One year on from the devastating Nepal earthquakes, WaterAid is helping communities rebuild with the support of the HSBC Water Programme.
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.
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, a photographic exhibition highlighting the global water crisis, will open in London to coincide with UN World Water Day, 22 March 2016.
HSBC NOW and WaterAid have received two leading awards at the Tve Global Sustainability Film Awards in London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
To celebrate World Rivers Day, WWF looks at five key rivers being protected under the HSBC Water Programme.