World Water Week – a view from the ground – day 3

My first session today was on sanitation in urban areas,  convened by Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), a partnership administered by the World Bank.

World Water Week – WWF and Australian National University launch their new study, Dams on the Mekong River

The Mekong river is a primary source of protein for millions of people, but, according to this study, hydropower dams planned for the lower mainstem of the Mekong River could decimate fish populations and with them the primary source of protein for 60 million people. The impact of the dams would extend far beyond the river, as people shift to alternative protein sources such as poultry, cows and pigs,  which would in turn increase demand for land and water. ”The Mekong countries are striving for economic growth, and they see hydropower as a driver of that growth.

World Water Week – a view from the ground – day 2

I started the day in the Exhibition Hall for the Opening Plenary Session,  where it was great to be joined by representatives from all three of our Water Programme partners.

The Mayor of Stockholm was present to welcome delegates to the city. I get the impression the city is very proud to host this event each year. I was most surprised to see a small troupe of acrobats take the stage during the intervals,  not something we are used to seeing during a conference!

World Water Week – a view from the ground

A personal blog from Sue Alexander, senior manager of the 5 year HSBC Water Programme.

HSBC Water Programme Partners Attend World Water Week 2012 in Stockholm

World Water Week is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place each year in Stockholm.  It has been  the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. Several representatives from the HSBC Water Programme partners including HSBC, Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF are attending this key international event.