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. 

The conference provides an annual opportunity for individuals and organisations to share the latest knowledge on freshwater threats and management solutions, attracting more than 3,250 people from over 130 countries. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘water and waste: reduce and reuse’. 

The impacts of the first five years of the HSBC Water Programme in India will be showcased through a special event on Wednesday 30 August at 16.00 (CEST) in Room Cabaret. ‘The HSBC water programme: Transforming lives in the Ganga’ will feature speakers from Earthwatch, WWF, WaterAid and HSBC.

WWF-India’s Director, River Basins & Water Policy, Suresh Babu, will be representing WWF at this event. He will focus on water stewardship in the Ganga, and WWF’s work on empowering European retailers that use leather to support work on the ground to improve tannery practices, address issues in their water supply chain and advocate for more sustainable management of water through the Kanpur Leather Buyers’ Platform.

Pushpa Sen, HSBC Head of Investment Operations in Kolkata, will talk about the HSBC partnership with the South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE), to provide safe drinking water and dignified sanitation facilities to nearly 5,000 of the poorest women in Kolkata through a solar-run water ATM.

Earthwatch India’s Chief Executive, Raghu Saxena will present success stories from Kolkata’s iconic wetlands.

VK Madhavan, Chief Executive of WaterAid India, will speak about the work WaterAid India have been doing to reach the most marginalised communities in Kanpur with clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

You can find Earthwatch and WWF’s stands at the conference in Folkets Hus (1st floor, stand numbers 12 and 13), and see a further Earthwatch event 'Citizen observatories empowering people in integrated water and waste management' at 11:00 on Sunday 27 August in Room FH 202.

Further events with WWF include:

  • Water, pollution, and systemic challenges: the case of the textile-industry, Tuesday 29 August, (sessions from 9.00-10.30; 11.00-12.30; 14.15.30), NL Music Hall
  • Food retailers’ freshwater strategies: Enhancing stewardship through supply chain co-operation, Monday 28 August 14.00 - 15.30, FH Cabaret
  • Water, Sustainable business and China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Wednesday 30 August, 10:00 - 10:30, SIWI sofa.

The HSBC Water Programme is an eight year, US$150m global programme in partnership with Earthwatch, WaterAid, WWF, and local project partners. It aims to provide and protect water sources, inform and educate communities in need and enable people to prosper, driving economic development across the world.


Follow the hashtag #WWWeek for updates live from the conference.

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