Expertise: The World Heritage Convention, conservation of geological sites
Tim Badman is the Director of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme, and has been senior IUCN spokesperson on World Heritage since 2007. He speaks for IUCN on all matters concerning the World Heritage Convention, including IUCN’s work on monitoring all listed natural sites and evaluating new proposals for World Heritage Listing.
The 217 natural World Heritage Sites currently listed (in January 2013) represent the World’s most important protected areas, and these exceptional sites show the ground level realities of global nature conservation. IUCN’s independent monitoring of WH sites celebrates conservation successes and draws attention to the growing threats to these crown jewels of conservation, such as illegal mining, major infrastructure, conflict and the basic needs for support for the protected area staff at the sharp end. IUCN is the official adviser to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, so is also a keen observer of the politics behind the Convention, and the challenges to maintain the high standards of credibility that underpin the World Heritage brand name.
Tim joined IUCN having worked as team leader of the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site, UK. His role culminated in inscription of the site on the World Heritage List in 2001, and the subsequent development of the World Heritage programme on-site. He has been involved in many World Heritage site evaluation and monitoring issues globally.
Tim also speaks for IUCN on the special challenges of conserving geological sites, including those sites that protect the most exceptional fossil remains of life on Earth.
Location: Gland, Switzerland
Language: English, French