UNESCO World Heritage Site

Since June 2017, the sections of the Sonian Forest that are subject to the strictest protection have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of a series of 78 “virgin” beech forests in 12 European countries. This recognition is unique for our country and is also the result of a very close cooperation between the three regional managers.

Natura 2000

The Sonian Forest is recognised as a special area of conservation and is part of the Natura 2000 Network – the network of natural or semi-natural sites in the European Union, which aims to preserve biological diversity in Europe by ensuring the protection of exceptional natural habitats.

Urban nature

In the Brussels-Capital Region, 2017 was the Year of Urban Nature! A perfect opportunity to disconnect and to reconnect with nature. Brussels Environment invites you to discover the splendour of urban nature and to be aware of its many assets. Various activities and events will be organised throughout the year. The Sonian Forest Day is just one of them, of course!

Its exceptional character has earned the Sonian Forest particular recognition on the international scene.