HSBC & WWF
HSBC Water Programme
We've been working together with HSBC since 2002 to help secure the world’s freshwater resources.
In 2012, the HSBC Water Programme was launched bringing together expertise from WWF, WaterAid, and Earthwatch to help tackle the global water challenge – a challenge that sees nearly a quarter of the world’s population living in ecosystems that are under threat from water scarcity and are already damaged by poor management of water resources.
Over the next five the HSBC Water Programme will work to improve water resource management in key river basins; bring safe water and sanitation to millions of people; and raise awareness about the global water challenge.
Running from 2012 – 2016 we’ll build on the success of the HSBC Climate Partnership which concluded in 2011 and Investing in Nature which concluded in 2006.
What we're doing
Securing freshwater has been at the heart of our work since we were founded in 1961.
Under the HSBC Water Programme we’ll be working with local authorities, businesses and communities to implement new practices and policies that will help to protect rivers in five priority freshwater places; the Yangtze, Ganges, Mekong, Pantanal and Rift Valley.
Collectively these basins are home to nearly one billion people and some of the world’s most endangered species. We will create healthy rivers, that support thriving ecosystems, as well as local businesses and communities by:
- Tackling erosion
- Reducing pollution
- Ensuring water is used efficiently by all
- Promoting sustainable fishing and agriculture
Why we are doing it
Water is essential to life on earth, and all our water comes from rivers and lakes. Healthy rivers are vital to our planet – the water that runs through them not only support ecosystems but it also provides for our drinking, agriculture and production needs.
Water security is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. It goes to the heart of biodiversity conservation, food and energy supply, conflict mitigation, climate change adaptation and poverty reduction.
It is therefore essential for us to find ways to properly manage this resource and ensure that we have enough water for both our needs and those of the planet – now and in the future.