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.

Poisoned population - arsenic contamination in the Ganges Delta

Naturally occurring arsenic affects the water in many of the wells in the north east of India. Millions of people who drink this water are constantly at risk of arsenic poisoning which can have a range of symptoms - from skin lesions to cancer. With the support of the HSBC Water Programme, WaterAid is expanding its projects to reach a further 18,000 people living in arsenic-affected areas.

World Water Week Reflections

Following a packed calendar of seminars, workshops and events, three representatives of the HSBC Water Programme reflect on what they have learned and how this is relevant to the work they are doing.

Earthwatch’s Senior Freshwater Research Manager, Professor Steven Loiselle, said: “The Theme of the week, ‘Water Co-operation – Building Partnerships, was true to its name and I was able to make excellent links to water scientists and water programmes across the globe.”

Enforcement support for the protection of critically endangered Mekong Dolphins

GPS units, solar panels, life jackets, radio communications equipment, water proof cameras and uniforms are amongst the latest tools provided to support the Dolphin Commission river guards, patrolmen working along the Mekong River to protect the critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphin.

The equipment is set to boost efforts to safeguard the iconic dolphin species on a 190km stretch of the mainstream Mekong River between Kratie, Cambodia and Khone Falls on the border with Laos – areas known to be the dolphin’s habitat range.

Knowledge and collective action empowers scientific research

Earthwatch’s role within the HSBC Water Programme has been to set up FreshWater Watch – a global scientific research programme which is engaging 7,500 HSBC employees as Citizen Science Leaders.