Sylva Nova was created by Pierre Hermans,
active in the forest sector since 1994.
Its name reflects its purpose: sustainable forest management (sylva), constantly evolving (nova).
A well-managed forest simultaneously achieves a number of functions: protecting the environment and biodiversity, regulating the climate, contributing to our health, providing wood, creating the landscape…; none of these functions takes precedence over the others – all are essential to human life and its balance.
In order to appreciate the full value of forests and to make them even stronger within the context of climactic urgency, Sylva Nova strongly recommends a management based on the long term, on respect for naturalness and on diversity.
Sylva Nova practices a non-invasive forest management, totally avoiding both clear cutting and establishing planting records, favoring permanent cover and irregular growth, protecting and completing natural regeneration, encouraging a diversity of species perfectly adapted to the soil and local conditions.
‘Follow nature’s course, complete and speed up its work’ is more than ever the Sylva Nova’s approach.
In the short or long-term, Sylva Nova carries out various missions involving temperate forests, mainly in Europe:
Sylva Nova works with both the private and public sectors: private and institutional forest owners, governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international bodies, corporate sector, professional associations and think tanks…
Sylva Nova is characterized by its independence, its network of partners and contacts, its constantly-updated level of knowledge, its sense of ethics and its interest in geopolitical issues and international affairs related to the forest.
Development of medium or long-term forest management plans, complying with the strictest local regulations and sustainability standards while meeting the objectives and expectations of the owner.
End to end management from tree planting to the final use of the timber.
Rehabilitation of forest areas damaged by natural disasters or other events such as storms, fires, diseases, unsustainable woodland, pressure from wildlife…
Monitoring of and recommendations for the management of green areas with a forest profile such as private or public recreational forest areas, landscaped sites…
Sylva Nova willingly shares its operational expertise and its continuous apprenticeship in various consultancy missions and studies allied to the challenges facing forests:
Participation in the different activities of the ‘Think Forest’ think tank with a scientific orientation. Its aim is to give political decision-makers information allowing them to position forests and wood as a key natural resource to be protected and promoted.
Member of the multi-disciplinary group for forest study, forest and woods heritage (Paris 4 Sorbonne).
Membership in this network with the aim of contributing with its members to a transition towards a more sustainable society and economy.