World Heritage Science Adviser
Bastian has worked in the World Heritage team at IUCN Headquarters from 2005 to 2009, initially carrying out the monitoring of existing World Heritage sites, then coordinating the evaluation of new nominations. From 2009 to 2013, he developed and managed projects on protected areas and World Heritage sites at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). This work included comparative analyses of all new biodiversity nominations and global gap analyses of terrestrial and marine biodiversity on the World Heritage List. Bastian holds a degree in Geography and an M.Sc. in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town. He has contributed to a number of scientific and technical publications on protected areas and World Heritage sites. Since 2013 he has been a research fellow at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Italy) supporting the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) and the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.