Hyderabad has taken top honours at the inaugural AIPH World Green City Awards 2022 in Jeju, South Korea, with the Indian city – set to host its, and India’s first Formula E race in Season 9 – beating the likes of Paris and Montreal to become “Grand Winner”. Mexico City was recognised, too, taking home Living Green for Climate Change recognition.
Its Green Garland to the State of Telengana, home to Hyderabad, was the flagship programme that secured recognition. AIPH said the City of Hyderabad’s entry stands as a world-class showcase of the power of plants and nature in the urban context. The local government has been planting trees at an extraordinary rate since 2015, with the goal of increasing tree cover in the state from 24 to 33%. In fact, they’ve outdone their original goal by 147%.
“AIPH celebrates this fantastic achievement for the city of Hyderabad. We are proud to showcase their inspiring urban greening work. With this global recognition, we can confidently say that Hyderabad is a world leader in nature-oriented approaches to city design, form, and function,” says Tim Briercliffe, Secretary General of International Association of Horticultural Producers.
“The innovation, ambition, and inspiring action demonstrated in the city’s entry leaves a powerful legacy for other cities from around the world to aspire to.”
Mexico City recognised
The AIPH awards seek to recognise and celebrate cities championing the power of plants and nature. Another of Formula E’s host cities, in Mexico City, walked away from the ceremony with honours – having been awarded the Living Green for Climate Change award for its Environmental and Climate Change programme.
In 2019, a comprehensive policy was launched to regenerate the ecology of the city based on a vision of sustainability, innovation and rights, derived from the Government Program of Mexico City 2019-2024 and established in the Environmental and Climate Change Program (ECCP) 2019-2024.
This initiative has seen the city plant more than 27 million plants and create or rehabilitate 17 parks to help safeguard the city region’s unique biodiversity and temper habitat loss.
#Hyderabad wins @AIPHGlobal"WorldGreenCityAwards2022" award for "greening the #ORR" project in living green category & gets the prestigious overall GRAND award today at Jeju S Korea- only city from India & huge endorsement to @HarithaHaram initiative of @TelanganaCMO& @KTRTRSpic.twitter.com/5S59YEXvP4— Arvind Kumar (@arvindkumar_ias) October 14, 2022