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  • Management plan

Nassonia project

  • Skills Forest, strategic vision
  • Status Ongoing, long term project, launched in 2018
  • Location Saint-Michel-Freyr, Walloon Region, Belgium
Nassonia GJ
  • 1650 ha of forest
  • 2018 the year Pairi Daiza Foundation and the Walloon Minister of Forestry sign a contract for the co-management of the Saint-Michel-Freyr State forest.
  • 3 strategic objectives
  • 80 years : an 80-year vision master plan

Nassonia, a co-management project of the state forest of Saint-Michel-Freyr by Wallonia (the Nature and Forest Department of the Walloon Public Service) and the Pairi Daiza Foundation, aims to implement an innovative management of species and natural habitats to make this forest more resilient.

Nassonia wishes to be a laboratory open to research in a whole range of subjects and to bring together the diverse and complementary skills of many actors around a common subject: the forest.

The forest will remain as it is today, accessible to walkers to share its exceptional character and invite them to live a strong experience. This forest will thus play a role in raising awareness of the importance of this ecosystem.

The Nassonia project has three strategic objectives:

  • Re-naturlize the forest (to make it a "freer and wilder forest") to develop nature conservation to the maximum and restore the biological bases of the ecosystem's functioning;
  • Re-enchant the forest and its uses in order to develop widespread tourism and an adapted reception of the public, to reconnect human beings with nature;
  • Maximize the quality, local value and sustainability of forest products, to demonstrate that biodiversity can go along local economy.

Six key visions represent, in the framework of Nassonia, the future of this forest and the roles it will play in the long term:

  • the forest as a biodiversity hotspot
  • the forest as a place of connection between man and nature
  • the forest as a human, scientific and cultural laboratory
  • the forest as a land in economic transition
  • the forest strong for actions led by an ensemble of actors
  • and the forest as a future national park

Ecofirst is in charge of steering the project, in collaboration with the Pairi Daiza Foundation and the Service Public de Wallonie (SPW).