Protecting our world and protecting our resources – a double bill coming our way

March heralds two important dates in the HSBC Water Programme calendar – World Water Day and Earth Hour. On the face of it, these seem two very different initiatives, but they have a very close link not least because HSBC Water Programme partners are closely involved. World Water Day and Earth Hour both aim to raise awareness of the importance of the sustainable management of our planet’s natural resources. World Water Day, initiated by the United Nations, provides all of the HSBC Water Programme partners a great opportunity to increase awareness of the global water crisis.

HSBC staff from across the globe visit WaterAid’s work in Ghana

A team of HSBC staff from across the globe visited parts of Ghana this week where WaterAid in Ghana, with HSBC’s support, is starting work to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. The group of seven HSBC representatives left their bases in Brazil, Dubai, Hong Kong, North America and the UK to spend a week learning more about the HSBC Water Programme in WaterAid Ghana.

Freshwater research moves to next phase

Earthwatch’s freshwater research and learning programme is ready to be launched around the world after the successful completion of a series of pilot days.

More than 40 people have taken part in the three pilot ‘Citizen Science Leader’ days held at Eastbrookend Country Park in Dagenham, Essex. Citizen Science Leaders are HSBC employees who will enrol on the training opportunity. As leaders they learn about critical freshwater issues and how to gather data.

WWF blog – China: smoke and the water

In this instalment Dave Tickner from WWF reflects on 9 days in China, where the organisation is working with the Government on the sustainable management of rivers and water resources. Better planning, water allocation and flood management are all needed if freshwater ecosystems and the services they provide to people are to be maintained, but the challenges in the region will require great solutions.

The best is yet to come

By Sabrin Rahman HWP Regional Coordinator – Middle East and North Africa

As the days rolled by I expected to somehow become desensitised to what I saw around me. Abject poverty, malnutrition, disease and sickness surrounded me at every village. Yet the only feeling which became stronger was conviction.

Conviction that changes could be made through the right type of investment.