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.

Fountains of hope in Ghana

Ellie Tang, HSBC Water Programme Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator

In Ghana, the issues of water and sanitation have been overlooked by the government and the public. Open defecation is a traditional practice but also a cultural taboo. People avoided public discussion of this subject, and it therefore has taken a back seat on the development agenda. Coupled with river diversion over time, faeces and effluent are flushed by rainwater into slow-flowing constructed lakes, where people fetch drinking water and fish.

Process management is alive and well in Ghana

By Judy Foote, HSBC Senior Communications Manager

Today I met Janet Asante, a formidable lady, the matriarch of an extended family who live together in Nkwaateng village.

The village has a population of 3,000, who are served by 4 boreholes, although during the dry season only one borehole bears water.

It is Janet who organises her family to make sure they are up early and get to the borehole before the queues (and fights) start.  She ensures the water they gather is placed in one large container for the whole family.

Meeting the next generation of Ghanaian engineers

By Ray Johnson