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  • Hyderabad has been recognised as a ‘2020 Tree City of the World‘ by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.
  • The recognition is for the commitment of the city to growing and maintaining urban forest.
  • Hyderabad is the only city in the country to get the recognition
  • Hyderabad City will join a network of like-minded cities, who recognise the importance of trees in building healthy, resilient and happy cities. 
  • Hyderabad has earned recognition in the Foundation’s second year of the programme along with 51 other cities in the world (during 2020 & cumulative 120 cities from 63 countries) while being the only City in India to get this recognition so far.
  • Most of the cities were from countries – US, UK, Canada, Australia etc.
  • Municipal Administration & Urban Development Department (MA&UD) has applied to this recognition based on an online submission done on Jan 31, 2021.
  • The state government has been implementing the Haritha Haram program since 2015.
  • Apart from that, urban forest blocks are also being developed in identified pockets.

Arbor Day Foundation

  • The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization founded in 1972 in Nebraska, United States, by John Rosenow.
  • It is the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to tree planting.
  • Its vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, a changing climate, deforestation, poverty, and hunger.

Haritha Haram programme

  • Haritha Haram is a flagship programme of the Telangana government to increase the green cover of the State from the present 25.16 to 33% of the total geographical area.
  • The objective is sought to be achieved by a multi-pronged approach of rejuvenating degraded forests, ensuring more effective protection of forests against smuggling, encroachment, fire, grazing and intensive soiland moisture conservation measures following the watershed approach.

Urban Forest Parks (UFP): 

  • The Forest blocks in and around cities are developed into Urban Forest Parks (UFP) under this programme.
  • These Urban Forest Parks will not only provide the whole some healthy living environment but also contribute to the growth of smart, clean, green, sustainable and healthy cities in the state.

Tree Cities of the World Programme:

  • It is an international effort to recognize cities and towns committed to ensuring that their urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and duly celebrated.
  • At the 2018 World Forum on Urban Forests in Mantova, Italy, world leaders issued the Mantova Green Cities Challenge and a call-for-action that included joining the Tree Cities of the World programme.
    • The programme intends to connect cities around the world in a new network dedicated to sharing and adopting the most successful approaches to managing community trees and forests.
  • The city, to be eligible under the category of Tree City needs to confirm to five standards
      1. ‘Establish Responsibility’ (the city having a written statement by city leaders delegating responsibility for the care of trees),
      2. ‘Set the Rules’ (the city has in place a law or an official policy that governs the management of forests and trees)
      3. ‘Know what you have’ (the city has an updated inventory or assessment of the local tree resource).
      4. ‘Allocate the Resources’ (the city has a dedicated annual budget for the routine implementation of the tree management plan)
      5.  ‘Celebrate Achievements’ (the city holds an annual celebration of trees to raise awareness among residents ).



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