In Brief

A new green initiative fights against destruction by tagging trees in order to collect data from them and monitor their health and location.

Electronic tags are being used to combat deforestation in Mato Grosso, Brazil. A pilot project, developed by Instituto Ação Verde (Green Action Institute), has implanted RFID chips into 2,500 trees. The chip creates a unique identity for each tree, including age, location, species and carbon sequestration data.

The data provided by the chip can be accessed remotely, increasing the accuracy and reliability of the forest management process. For example, the date when a tree is mature enough to be harvested is easily available, as is information on the company responsible for it. However, the greatest potential benefit of the system is to reduce the high levels of illegal deforestation. The chip provides exact geo-location data on the tree at every stage during its lifecycle, from the forest through to shipment and delivery.

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