Mumbai has been recognised as the 2021 Tree City of the World by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN) jointly with Arbor Day Foundation.
For a second consecutive year, Hyderabad has been recognised as a ‘Tree City of the World’ by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.
Last year, Hyderabad had become the only city in India to be recognised as a ‘Tree City of the World’ but this year Mumbai also joined the list.
- Mumbai is the second city in India to receive this distinction.
- Previously, Hyderabad was the only city in India to receive this honour.
- Due to this pride, the city of Mumbai, which is known as ‘Dream City’, has now got a new identity as ‘Tree City’.
- The city of Mumbai is now one of the leading global networks in urban and community forestry.
- The Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation had applied for the recognition in January citing its initiative for tree plantation, Miyawaki forests and various innovative tree care activities.
- Hyderabad and Mumbai are placed alongside 136 other cities from 21 countries.
- The United States, the United Kingdom and Canada are the countries with the maximum cities featured on the list, with 37, 19 and 18 cities, respectively.
- The countries have been recognised for their commitment to growing and maintaining urban forests in building healthy, resilient and happy cities.
About Tree City of the World
- The Tree Cities of the World programme is a partnership of FAO and the Arbor Day Foundation, launched in 2019.
- Its vision is to connect cities around the world in a new network dedicated to adopting the most successful approaches to managing urban trees and forests.
- The first Tree Cities of the World Conference was held virtually in October 2020. It was a crucial moment to promote the network and the incredible efforts put in by the United Nations’ FAO, the Arbor Day Foundation, and the five National Programme Leaders. Recognition through the Tree Cities of the World programme represents the first step toward achieving a green vision for qualifying cities.
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