The use of NDVI and CORINE Land Cover databases for forest management in Serbia

  • Miomir M. Jovanović University of Belgrade Faculty of Geography Studentski trg 3/3, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Miško M. Milanović University of Belgrade Faculty of Geography Studentski trg 3/3, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Matija Zorn Anton Melik Geographical Institute Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts Gosposka ulica 13, SI – Ljubljana
Keywords: NDVI, Corine Land Cover, forest management, illegal logging, Serbia


A normalized difference vegetation index provides local forest managers with much essential annual information about the forest inventory. This article evaluates the possible use of NDVI and CORINE Land Cover databases for better forest management in the municipalities of Kursumlija and Topola in Serbia. The forest areas obtained using CLC were up to 11.5% larger than the official forest area estimates, whereas NDVI gave more precise results. This is of a crucial importance for preventing illegal logging, which is very prevalent in southern Serbian municipalities, which have substantial forested territory. NDVI is very promising for Serbia and also for countries that rarely carry out national forest inventories. This method can also easily be applied to other Balkan countries with a similar situation regarding local forest management.


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Jovanović MM, Milanović MM, Zorn M. The use of NDVI and CORINE Land Cover databases for forest management in Serbia. AGS [Internet]. 2018Jan.1 [cited 2022Jan.26];58(1):109–123. Available from: