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HSBC volunteers given ‘FreshWater’ status

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Approximately 20 HSBC staff volunteers were trained as Bermuda's first “FreshWater Watchers” during Earth Day last week.

In partnership with Earthwatch, this initiative supports the Global HSBC Water Programme, which engages almost 7,500 HSBC staff volunteers worldwide to help to facilitate global water research.

The team of HSBC FreshWater Watchers visited Paget Marsh, where they participated in an interactive session in learning how to analyse an eco-system and measure water quality. Environmental observations and the conducting of biochemical and water clarity testings were the key elements of the hands-on training.

David Wingate, on behalf of the Bermuda National Trust, also attended the training session, offering the team in-depth knowledge on Bermuda's wetlands and ponds that will be invaluable to their future research.

Each HSBC volunteer has selected a local body of water — a pond, canal or wetland — and, over the next two years, will closely monitor and test water quality. Along with their HSBC colleagues from around the world, their research findings will be reported to Earthwatch on a quarterly basis .The uploaded data will then allow their scientists to develop a global picture of the changes of water qualities and quantities, and the impacts of climate change.

“As the world's population and economic development continues to thrive, there is an increased pressure on its most critical resources,” said Richard Moseley, the chief executive officer of HSBC Bermuda. “HSBC has recognised the direct positive environmental, social and economic benefits that fresh water can bring to any community. A global project such as this not only allows us to generate further awareness on such an important issue, but also affords staff volunteers the opportunity to be actively involved, contributing to the future management and preservation of freshwater resources worldwide.”

For further details on the HSBC Global Water Programme, the FreshWater Watch Programme and how you can help, contact Clesia Realejo, HSBC's manager of events, sponsorship and community investment at clesia.m.realejo@hsbc.bm.

The new team of HSBC FreshWater Watchers will monitor and report the change of water qualities in local ponds over the next two years
Clesia Realejo, HSBC's community investment manager and citizen scientist leader, left, guides FreshWater Watchers Kerrilyn Pacheco, Gregory De Melo and Ezekiel Stoneham in conducting their first biochemical test at Paget Marsh

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Published April 28, 2015 at 2:13 pm (Updated April 28, 2015 at 2:13 pm)

HSBC volunteers given ‘FreshWater’ status

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