Hyderabadis have got a new reason to rejoice. Their city has been recognised as ‘Tree City of the World‘ by the United Nation’s Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Hyderabad has received the tag for the second consecutive year. Mumbai is also on the list. By Karan Kaushik
Hyderabad and Mumbai bag ‘Tree City of the World’ tag
Hyderabad has given travellers yet another reason to explore its rich cultural heritage and delectable cuisine. The city is now one of the tree cities of the world. Special Chief Secretary of Urban Development in Hyderabad Arvind Kumar tweeted that the Arbor Day Foundation and FAO of the United Nations have included Hyderabad in the list of tree cities of the world. He wrote that it was a matter of immense pride for the city.
— Arvind Kumar (@arvindkumar_ias) April 12, 2022
According to the UN, 3,50,56,635 trees were planted in Hyderabad over a period of two years. Tree Cities of the World is a global network that celebrates greener cities across the world. Cities that are leading the way in urban and community forestry are included in the prestigious list. The list includes cities like New York, Rio de Janeiro, Birmingham, and Madrid to name a few.
Trees are vital for healthy, livable, and sustainable communities in the world. The UN’s Tree Cities of the World programme is aimed at inspiring cities and towns to care for and celebrate their urban tree canopy. 138 cities have been recognised under the programme. The combined number of trees planted in these cities is 38,787,795 in 486,015 volunteer hours. The countries with maximum tree cities include the US, UK, and Canada, with 37, 19, and 18 cities respectively.
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The Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. FAO supports the development of urban and peri-urban forestry actions, projects, and strategic planning tools that promote a sustainable and resilient model for city development around the world.
Along with Hyderabad, Mumbai has also been included in the list of tree cities of the world. The Maximum City planted 42,50,00 trees in 25,000 volunteer hours. According to a report published in the Times of India, BMC officials said that Mumbai has been recognised because of its commitment to grow and maintain urban trees and building healthy, resilient, and happy cities”.