Hyderabad- 2020 Tree City of the World
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Arbor Day Foundation have recently recognized Hyderabad as a 2020 Tree City of World. Hyderabad was selected for the recognition following its commitment to grow and maintain the urban forests.
- This recognition was a testament for city’s sustained and institutional efforts of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees.
- It also marks the development of the urban and peri-urban forestry actions, projects besides the strategic planning & commitment of building healthy city.
- Other cities which were recognised by the organisation includes 120 cities from across 63 countries. Most of the cities were from United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.
- After this recognition, Hyderabad will join a network of like-minded cities who recognise the importance of trees.
- Hyderabad got the recognition in the second year of the program organised by the foundation.
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
It is a specialized agency of United Nations. FAO leads the international efforts of defeating hunger and improving the nutrition security as well as the food security. The organisation was founded by UN in October 1945. It is headquartered in Rome, Italy. It has its regional and field offices around the 130 countries. FAO coordinate with the governments and development agencies to improve and develop the agriculture, fisheries, forestry, land resources and water resources. It comprises of 197 member states. It organises a biennial conference representing each member country.
Arbor Day Foundation
It is a not-for-profit conservation and education organization. The organisation was founded in the year 1972 by John Rosenow in Nebraska, United States. This organisation is the largest not-for-profit membership organization which is dedicated to tree planting. It works with the corporate mission of “inspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate the trees. Dan Lambe, is the current President of the foundation.