2020 Tree City of The World: Hyderabad

2020 Tree City of The World: Hyderabad

(Indian Express)

(GS Paper 3, Biodiversity)

Context:

  • Recently, the city of Hyderabad was identified as a ‘Tree City of the World’ by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. 
  • It is placed alongside 119 other cities from 63 countries.
  • Hyderabad is the only city in India to get this distinction.

 

Tree City:

  • This is an international effort to recognize cities and towns devoted to making sure that their urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and thoroughly celebrated.
  • This program aims to interlink cities around the world while applying the most effective approach to manage community trees and forests.
  • This is a flagship initiative of Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

 

About Arbor Day Foundation:

  • This is a nonprofit conservation and educational institution. It was founded in 1972 in the USA.
  • This largest nonprofit institution dedicated to tree planting helps spread awareness of how the tree could be a solution to numerous issues we face today globally. Namely, air quality, water pollution, climate change, hunger, and urbanization.

Why Hyderabad:

  • The effort of Hyderabad to the growing and maintaining the urban forest cover through the Haritha Haram scheme and the urban forest parks.
  • Hyderabad became the first city in India to gain this accolade.
Haritha Haram scheme:

  • This is a Telangana government’s initiative to drastically boost the green cover of the State.
  • Rejuvenating degraded forests, protect them from being smuggled, catching fire through the multi-layered approach of moisture conservation and other effective ways. 

 

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