The Arbor Day Foundation, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), announced the cities recognised under the Tree Cities of the World programme – an initiative to join cities worldwide in a new network dedicated to embracing the most successful approaches to managing urban trees as well as forests.
Total 120 cities from 23 nations earned this notable designation in 2020, including Toronto, New York, Guadalajara (Mexico), Birmingham, Campo Grande (Brazil), Hyderabad (India) and Kampala (Uganda).
“Urban forests and trees are a key element of sustainable urban development, but most of all, they help cities become greener, healthier and happier places to live. We join the Arbor Day Foundation in celebrating the efforts of the communities that have already joined the Tree Cities of the World programme and we are confident that many more will follow,” said FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo.
“Cities play a prominent role in building a more sustainable and equitable future. Our Green Cities Initiative can help support their efforts to increase availability and access to green products and services,” Semedo added.