Yangtze River photo exhibition opens in Shanghai

Posted on 21 April 2009

WWF launched a photo exhibition in Shanghai Museum of Science and Technology on April 21 to commemorate Earth Day and mark the 3rd Yangtze River Forum.

Held at the city's Museum of Science and Technology, the exhibition is open to the public free of charge and will run from 21 April to 3 May 2009 to raise awareness about the need to increase protection of the Yangtze River.

The event has been organized by the secretariat of the Yangtze River Forum and WWF, along with sponsorship from the Chinese Museum of Science and Technology, Shanghai Science and Education Development Foundation and HSBC. Approximately 100 pictures illustrating the unique nature, societies and people along the Yangtze River, as well as the threats it faces and efforts being made to protect it are on display.

Most photos have been selected from over 8000 pictures collected in the Living Yangtze Photo competition that started last September, while a small portion come from institutions and individuals, including professional photographers that focus on Yangtze River protection.

The Yangtze River valley, covering an area of 1.8 million square meters, is home to a colorful array life. Some of the better-known animals along the river are the panda, snow leopard, Yangtze River dolphin and the Chinese sturgeon. The Yangtze River is also home to 420 million people, many of which depend on the river for their livelihood. But after thousands of years of nurturing, the vitality of the Yangtze River is being damaged by pollution, mining and infrastructure projects as well as illegal fishing, and global climate change.

James Leape, Director General of WWF International, said people living on rivers can have a big impact on climate change: "Rivers and the people living along their banks can have a big impact on climate change. WWF is committed to protecting the world's rivers to help address the impacts of climate change on river systems."

The Yangtze River remains a top priority for WWF. Richard Yorke, President and CEO of HSBC China, said "As the world's local bank, which was founded in China, HSBC has an affinity for the Yangtze River, China's Mother River."

In addition to sponsoring environmental projects under the HSBC Climate Partnership, the lender is also working closely with government and environmental organizations to explore new technologies and methods to protect the Yangtze. HSBC also hopes this exhibit will help raise public understanding about the Yangtze River and the challenges it faces through theses stunning images.

The HSBC-WWF photo exhibition of the Yangtze River is a key part of the HSBC -WWF Yangtze River Programme, which was jointly launched by HSBC and WWF in 2002, and is sponsored by the HSBC Climate Partnership. Its aim is to restore the vitality of the Yangtze River by helping to guide policy through on site demonstrations, publicity and education.

In 2007, HSBC launched the HSBC Climate Partnership, a five-year programme to proactively tackle climate change worldwide, part of which involves continuing its partnership with WWF to improve the adaptability of the Yangtze River's ecosystem to climate change. Yang Zhengbo, the Deputy Secretariat of Yangtze Forum Sectary said: "The HSBC-WWF photo exhibition of the Yangtze River has played an important role in promoting the public awareness of the need to protect the Yangtze River protection. This is not only the job of government and environmental organizations, but requires the efforts of the whole society."

For more information, please contact:

Chris Chaplin, Communications Officer, WWF China
Tel: +86 10 65227100 ext. 3813, cchaplin@wwfchina.org