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Forest and Climate

SDG:13 Climate ActionSDG 15: Life on Land
  • Original Title: Šume i klima
  • Year: 2019
  • Award: WSA Young Innovators
  • Category: Young Innovators
  • Producer: Marko Božić, Nikola Ćorović, Vladimir Ćurić, Uroš Durlević, Tijana Lezaic, Marina Marković, Nikola Mladenović, Nevena Nekić, Marko Pajovic, Ivan Stanojevic, Marija Tadic, Siniša Obrenić.
  • Country: Serbia
  • URL: https://sumeiklima.org/

The Forest and Climate project is an online platform to ensure successful afforestation, the process of planting trees in a barren landscape to create a forest.  Once considered a mere mitigation measure to absorb carbon dioxide, afforestation is now seen as a solution to tackle climate change. Moreover, illegal tree cutting in Serbia in the recent years has motivated many individuals, organisations and companies to plant trees. These efforts are often misguided, due to lack of knowledge.
They use a platform-generated algorithm with nine criteria and more than 20 sub-criteria to identify the most suitable areas in Serbia for three different tree species (silver birch, sessile oak and black pine). Using satellite and Earth observation data, and a geographic information system to apply the algorithm, results can be seen on an interactive map. Users can check suitability, plant the appropriate tree and mark its location on the map.