October 18, 2022
AIPH announces 2022 Green City Award winners

AIPH announces 2022 Green City Award winners


The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) announced the winners of the 2022 Green City Awards at the IUCN Leaders Forum in Jeju, Republic of Korea on Oct. 14, 2022.

The most prestigious award of the Inaugural 2022 edition, the Grand Winner, was presented to the city who was voted by the jury to demonstrate the highest capacity for influence, replicability, and scope to inspire change in their entry. In making their decision, members of the jury were invited to consider the following question:

“The AIPH World Green City Awards 2022 enables winning cities achieve greater recognition for their inspiring initiatives – in light of this, which entry do you feel may have the biggest transformational impact?”

The 2022 Grand Winner of the AIPH World Green City Awards 2022 to:

The City of Hyderabad, India for their entry titled “Green Garland to the State of Telangana”

View the case study of the Grand Winner here.

2022 grand winner

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 Mr. Tim Briercliffe, Secretary General, AIPH. “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.”

The Grand Winner was selected from the list of six Category Winners, who each took home the trophies in recognition of their achievement. AIPH and partners proudly present the six Category Winners as follows:

Living Green for Biodiversity:
Reverdecer Bogotá, Bogota D.C, Colombia

Living Green for Climate Change:
Mexico City's Environmental and Climate Change Program, Mexico City, Mexico

Living Green for Health and Wellbeing:
Transforming degraded land into Urban Micro Parks, City of Fortaleza, Brazil

Living Green for Water:
The Phytotechnology Stations at the Montréal Botanical Garden / Space for Life, City of Montreal, Canada

Living Green for Social Cohesion:
OASIS Schoolyard Project, City of Paris, France

Living Green for Economic Recovery and Inclusive Growth:
Green Garland to the State of Telangana, City of Hyderabad, India

“The AIPH World Green City Awards recognise inspiring leadership and successful action on the key issues that face cities in being sustainable, and delivering for nature, climate and people,” says Dr Bruno Oberle, Director General of IUCN. “The breadth of action being taken by the winners shows the crucial role healthy ecosystems have in providing the solutions that cities need to thrive far into the future.”

All eligible entries were assessed and scored, and the winners selected through a two-stage judging process. Following the first round of judging by the Technical Panel, a list of 18 Finalists was delivered to the world-renowned 2022 Awards Jury. The Jury, in the second stage of judging, was tasked with voting for a winner in each of the six categories, and then selecting the Grand Winner from these six Category winners.

Case studies from all finalist cities, including the category winners, are available in the AIPH Green City Case Study Library.

The success of the 2022 edition has set the stage for the AIPH World Green City Awards 2024. AIPH and IUCN also announced a new collaboration to support the 2024 Awards at the 2022 ceremony in Jeju. The 2024 edition will see AIPH and the growing network of partners recognise and celebrate the work of an even broader variety of inspiring cities from around the world who are champions for the power of plants and nature.

To express your city’s interest in entering and to be informed when entries open for the AIPH World Green City Awards 2024, click here.