What is “The Sound Of A Tree Not Falling?” You’d be right in thinking that this is not one of those existentialist questions set to examine Philosophy undergraduate students, but an important question for us at this point in the history of human development. It’s a question posed and then succinctly and vividly answered in the UNDP’s new 30 second public service announcement on forests that will soon be airing throughout the Asia Pacific region. Please click on the movie below for the answers.

The English Version

The Bahasa Indonesian Voice Over

It may be a short film, but we think you’ll agree it conveys a big message on a topic of major importance, and as the film’s title suggests, the realm of sound plays a key role in conveying the message.  With a refreshing and positive thrust the film focuses on the value and benefits of extant forests to the human and wildlife communities that depend upon them for life-sustaining resources and for enhancement of life quality. Very importantly, the film also gives an encouraging glimpse of representative work being done right now for forest conservation that will figuratively and quite literally bear fruit for future generations. There are a lot of good people working hard in Asia to preserve forests and their renewable gifts: as places to live, as carbon sinks, sources of sustainable food and materials supply, as genetic reservoirs, as crucibles for life-saving and enhancing medicines and crucial in flood control as preservers of watersheds. This role especially appreciated in the wake of this year’s flooding in Southeast Asia. (More…)

In 2012 the old-fashioned notion of forest as “Green Hell” that should be cleared or tamed for the benefit of mankind is thankfully giving way to widespread and informed acknowledgement of the fantastic and involved web of interdependence upon which we all ultimately rely, and that this needs to be sustained in order for future generations to thrive. The film shows through sound and images that sustainable development and forest conservation are essential partners in our way forward and that our world is richer with healthy forest ecosystems intact and maintained.

It has been a privilege to have filmed for this project in Thailand and Sabah, Malaysia and to have met some of the very dedicated people in UNDP’s Bangkok headquarters and in the field who are working with energy and conviction for a well-forested future. I would also like to thank Ace Post Production for their help on the Post Production side.