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With innovative equipment for digitizing the monitoring of forest areas, Montenegro will prevent illegal logging.

The Near Field Communication (NFC) is a technology that enables communication between devices located close to each other and has a wide application. In Montenegro, the NFC technology is used to mark and track trees, in order to improve the management of protected areas, according to the Government of Montenegro’s official website.

All trees will be marked with a tag and will be given a unique ID that will contain all the necessary information such as the type of tree, its age, girth, photos and more.

The Montenegrin Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Sustainable Development and Development of the North of Montenegro and the National Parks of Montenegro public company signed an agreement stipulating the purchase of this equipment, worth over 50,000 euros.

This decision is made under the auspices of the Integrating Biodiversity into Sectoral Policies and Practices and Improving the Protection of Key Areas of Biodiversity in Montenegro project.


The project also stipulates the purchase of pheromone traps that ought to solve the problem of the overpopulation of bark beetles in the Prokletije National Park, which is a consequence of climate change. In 2023, the beetles caused the drying out of numerous trees, which is why the decision was made to catch these insects.

Pheromone traps are devices used to attract and trap harmful insects, thus preserving crops and other plants. They use artificially produced pheromones, i.e. chemical scents that insects use in nature to communicate with each other.

On March 22nd to 23rd, the Montenegrin National Parks Days event will take place in Montenegro, organized by the National Parks of Montenegro public company, to disseminate information about the natural attractions of the protected areas in this country, but also to educate the youngest population about the importance of such areas.

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