Hyderabad city has received another feather in its cap by being chosen as one among the ‘Tree Cities of the World’ by the Arbor Day Foundation jointly with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Organisation. Hyderabad is the only city in the country to have been selected for this recognition in response to its commitment to growing and maintaining urban forestry.

What

  1. The recognition stands Hyderabad alongside 120 cities from 23 countries, including developed nations such as USA, UK, Canada, Australia and others.
  2. The Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department had applied for this recognition based on an online submission on 31 January 2021 this year, citing the State government’s Haritha Haram programme and its initiative for the Urban Forest Parks.
  3. The city was evaluated based on the five standards, which have been spelt out by the Foundation as ‘Establish Responsibility’, ‘Set the Rules’, ‘Know What You Have’, ‘Allocate the Resources’, and ‘Celebrate the Achievements’.
  4. Hyderabad City is demonstrating leadership in management of its urban trees and is serving as part of the solution to many of the global issues we face today.
  5. This recognition is a testament to its sustained and institutional efforts to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees, development of urban and peri-urban forestry actions, projects, and strategic planning and commitment to building a healthy city now and for the future.