Protecting the Pantanal

Damian Fleming, Senior Freshwater Programme Manager at WWF-UK manages the HSBC Water Programme in the Pantanal.  He takes us behind the scenes with WWF in the Pantanal

What is the Pantanal?

The Pantanal is one of the largest and best-conserved wetlands in the world. Its unique flood pulse (that’s seasonal flood and drought cycles) help make it a haven for wildlife. In fact it’s home to close to 5,000 recorded species of water bird, plant, fish and reptile.  It also provides vast natural or ecosystem services, valued at $112 billion per annum.

A personal impression from World Water Week 2012 by Sara Banning, Earthwatch

Sara is based at Earthwatch in Oxford, UK, and is a member of the team developing learning materials for the Water Programme.

Bringing water to rural communities in northern Ghana

In Kulaa, a rural community of around 1,800 people in northern Ghana, collecting water is a daily challenge. Women and children can spend an average of five hours every day collecting water from a dirty pond. Paths are slippery, accidents are not uncommon, and many women complain of chest pains from the strain of carrying water.


Awulatu, 18, has fetched water for her family since she can remember: “When I wake up in the morning I wash dishes, fetch water twice, and then take my bath before coming to school. Sometimes I am late and get told off by the teacher.”

World Water Week – WaterAid launches Water Security Framework

The provision of water, sanitation and improved hygiene for the basic human needs of the poorest people is essential in the achievement of food security, according to WaterAid’s new Water Security Framework.

Efforts must focus on world’s poorest for global water and food security

The theme of this year’s Stockholm World Water Week – water and food security – has raised lots of questions about how we meet the ever developing needs of a growing population with increasing demands on resources. At WaterAid, we believe the answer lies in providing water and sanitation for basic human needs, and that targeting the poorest communities will have the greatest impact on overcoming poverty. The figures shared in the sessions speak for themselves. In the past 100 years, global population has increased 3.6 times, while the amount of water withdrawn has increased 6.8 times.