Inclusivity through sign language in Curitiba, Brazil


FreshWater Watch has run its first Citizen Science Leader training day for HSBC employees with hearing impairments, in Curitiba, Brazil.

The training day - which took place in Curitiba’s Botanical Gardens, in May - saw 20 new Citizen Science Leaders (CSLs) trained, including seven with hearing impairments. CSLs learnt about the importance of preservation of water resources, gained knowledge about water challenges, and were trained to evaluate and classify the water quality of rivers and urban streams.

“An excellent example of partnership working”: FreshWater Watch in the BES Bulletin

Earthwatch scientist Dr. Charlotte Hall spoke about the FreshWater Watch initiative at the British Ecological Society (BES) and Société Française d’Ecologie meeting in Lille, just before Christmas. A report on the event has since been published in an edition of the BES Bulletin – featuring a summary of Dr. Hall’s talk.

The Ripple Effect

The decline in the quality of the water we need to live is one of our greatest challenges. In fact, more people die from poor quality water annually than from all forms of violence, including war.

As we look to the future, the problem is only expected to increase, so it’s imperative that the students of today understand the challenges they face, and most importantly, are informed to be able to tackle them.

Reporting from the HydroEco conference 2015

Prof. Steven Loiselle, Research Manager at Earthwatch, reports on sessions at the HydroEco conference in Vienna, where he is presenting our latest FreshWater Watch findings.

An important session I attended this morning was dedicated to the impact of urbanisation on aquatic ecosystems, and the growing attention being given to these impacts by local, national and international governments.

From the office to the waterways of Shanghai

Four guests from HSBC’s Corporate Sustainability team swapped their desks for freshwater testing kits recently, when they joined a Citizen Science Leader (CSL) training day, led by Earthwatch, in Shanghai.

The guests joined 18 other participants from HSBC on 28th March in the Wusong Paotaiwan Wetland Forest Park. It was the 13th team to be trained in Shanghai to date, and the first to be delivered in English. The new CSLs learnt about local and global freshwater challenges, and gained skills in capturing scientific data from freshwater bodies.