Responsible Wood has scanned the world for positive stories from the forest. Meet Kurniawan Doni Wibowo, a runner up in our 2019 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest. Kurniawan tells us more about his photo ‘The Lush of Ecotourism Forest’ and why it is so important to take good care of our forests.

Experience Forests, Experience PEFC photo contest – “The Lush of Ecotourism Forest”

How do you feel about forests, both professionally and personally?

Forests are very important to keep the balance between nature and human beings. Only if that natural balance is well preserved, we can enjoy all the benefits that forests provide, such as fresh air, clean water, forest products, beautiful views and nice places to visit.

We can breathe the fresh air every day, even if we live in the city, because we have the forests. We also can build nice and stable buildings thanks to the forests and forest products. We can get away from the routine of the daily job because we have the beautiful, green forests. For me forests are the mother of nature.

How did the forest inspire you to take your winning photo?

I wanted to share the beauty of the forest, and how the forest gives us everything. Whenever I see the green forest, I remember how lucky we are that we can still enjoy this view and the benefits that forests provide.

I can’t imagine if someday in the future we or our children won’t have the forests anymore. It is our job to share with everyone in the world the advantage of having green forests, and to manage them, so also generations to come can still enjoy all their benefits.

What do you think about the work that an organization such as PEFC/ do to care for forests?

For me, having organizations like IFCC (the Indonesian PEFC scheme) and PEFC is very good to help to keep the forests sustainable. We have to share and inform to whole world about the benefits of the forest and why we should take care of them. I really appreciate what PEFC and IFCC do to take care of our forest. Always keep our forest green!

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.