United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the Arbor Day Foundation have recognized Hyderabad as a 2020 Tree City of World, with the State capital being the only city from India in a list of 51 cities across the world. With this, Hyderabad joins an elite network of 120 cities from 63 countries selected over two years (51 of them in 2020) for their commitment to growing and maintaining urban forests. Most of the other cities were from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, to name a few.
The Tree Cities of the World programme, a programme partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is an international effort to recognize cities and towns committed to ensuring that urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and duly celebrated.
Tree Cities of the World provides direction, assistance, and worldwide recognition for the community’s dedication to its urban forest. The programme provides a framework for a healthy, sustainable urban forestry programme in the concerned town or city.
The city, to be eligible under the category of Tree City needs to confirm to five standards, which include Establish Responsibility (a written statement by city leaders delegating responsibility for care of trees); Set the Rules (a law or an official policy that governs the management of forests and trees); Know What You Have (an updated inventory or assessment of the local tree resource); Allocate the Resources (a dedicated annual budget for routine implementation of tree management plan); and Celebrate Achievements (an annual celebration of trees to raise awareness).
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation is the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 45 years, more than 350 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world.