Rainforests are incredibly important for humans and our planet
12 February 2020 Forests in photos
This February, we hear from Mohd Samsi Sumairi, a runner up in our 2019 'Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest. Mohd tells us about his photo ‘Germination’ and why rainforests are so important for all of us.
How do you feel about forests, both professionally and personally?
I find forests, and especially rainforests, are highly interesting and impressive! Rainforests are the Earth’s oldest living ecosystems. Some have been here in their present form for 70 million years.
They are incredibly diverse and complex, home to more than half of the world’s plant and animal species – even though they cover only 6% of Earth’s surface. The rich biodiversity in rainforests is incredibly important for the well-being of humans and our planet. Rainforests help regulate our climate and provide us with everyday products.
How did the forest inspire you to take your winning photo?
Most rainforests are structured in four layers: emergent, canopy, understory, and forest floor. Each layer has unique characteristics based on differing levels of water, sunlight, and air circulation. While each layer is distinct, they exist in an interdependent system. Processes and species in one layer, influence those in another.
Germination of seeds, that can be seen on my photo, does not only sustain the forest life cycle, but is also a symbol of sustainability and hope for future generations.
What do you think about the work that an organization such as PEFC/MTCC does to care for forests?
As the national governing body for Malaysia, MTCC has a wide range of activities. They support the standard-setting process, liaise closely with national certification organisations and bodies related to timber certification to facilitate cooperation.
Unsustainable industrial and agricultural development has severely degraded the health of the world’s rainforests. Therefore, it is important that citizens, governments and organizations work together to protect these invaluable but fragile ecosystems.
About the contest
In our 2019 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest, we invited photographers and forest lovers to show us their best forest photos. The contest took place in 13 countries around the world, and we received photos of wonderful landscapes, wildlife and humans working and playing in the forest. From the thousands of photos we received, we chose our top 12 images – all of which can be seen here.