It probably won't be until 2 or 3 years’ time before we will know if the Zoniënwoud will officially be able to call itself a World Natural Heritage Site.
The Mayor of one of the municipalities that is covered by the forest Tervuren Jan Spooren (nationalist) told VRT Radio 2 that "This will be good news for tourism in Tervuren. Hopefully extra funding can be found to maintain the adjacent park."
The Tervuren Alderman responsible for tourism Mario Van Rossum (Christian democrat) is enthusiastic, but keen to stress that much still needs to be done. "This is of course something that will take time. The three regional authorities still need to file the application. As things stand the Zoniënwoud should appear on the 2015 shortlist. This means that we will have to wait until at least 2017 for an answer."