Hyderabad recognized as ‘Tree City’ by international body

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Hyderabad has been recognized as a ‘Tree City’ for the year 2020 by the international organisation, Arbor Day Foundation.

The Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister, KT Rama Rao shared the information on Twitter in Thursday.

He tweeted, “Happy to share that @arborday foundation (which works with FAO of UN) has recognised Hyderabad as a Tree City of the world. The only Indian city to be included in this list.

This is an acknowledgment of our efforts to improve green cover as part of #HarithaHaaram programme”. The organisation recognised Hyderabad for planting of 2.4 crore trees.

Five standards

The Arbor Day Foundation mentions on its website that the recognition of a city as a ‘Tree City’ is based on five standards — the city must have a written statement by city leaders delegating responsibility for the care of trees within the municipal boundary to a staff member, a city department, or a group of citizens; the city has in place a law or an official policy that governs the management of forests and trees; the city has an updated inventory or assessment of the local tree resource; the city has a dedicated annual budget for the routine implementation of the tree management plan and the city holds an annual celebration of trees to raise awareness.

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