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Empowering women through WASH

  • WaterAid
  • 7 Mar 2017

The theme of International Women's Day 2017 (8 March) is to celebrate women’s achievements and to help forge a better working world – a more inclusive, gender equal world.

In many countries, girls and women are responsible for fetching water for their families. They walk for miles, carry heavy buckets and may have to queue for hours. The work is back-breaking and time-consuming. Often the water is contaminated and unsafe to drink, even deadly.

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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HSBC Water Programme Exhibition

Water Stories wows at World Water Week 2015

  • WWF
  • 28 Aug 2015

Another successful World Water Week draws to a close today but the Water Stories photographic exhibition will continue to wow the crowds in Stockholm over the bank holiday weekend.

HSBC’s global partners on the riverbank

  • WWF
  • 19 Aug 2015

HSBC, WWF, EarthWatch and WaterAid recently visited the UK’s River Itchen for a visit led by WWF’s freshwater experts.

Water Stories exhibition, Stockholm

Water Stories: The global water crisis in pictures

  • WWF
  • 12 Aug 2015

HSBC’s global charity partners, together with photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz, have documented images and stories highlighting the global water crisis. They now feature in Stockholm, the first exhibition as part of an international tour.

Cyclists from HSBC took on the RideLondon challenge in support of WWF

HSBC cycle 100 miles for WWF in the Prudential RideLondon

  • WWF
  • 12 Aug 2015

On Sunday, a team of cyclists from HSBC took on a 100 mile cycle challenge through the Surrey Hills and into the City of London to support WWF, one of HSBC’s global charity partners.

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