World Heritage

Peter Shadie
Director, IUCN World Heritage Programme

Peter Shadie Photo: Peter Shadie

Expertise: World Heritage Convention, protected areas

Language: English
Location: Gland, Switzerland

Peter Shadie is the Director of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme. He was previously the Senior Adviser within the Programme and has been a longstanding member of the IUCN World Heritage Panel, which reviews World Heritage nominations and provides technical advice to IUCN. As Director, 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 247 natural World Heritage sites currently listed (as of July 2018) represent the world’s most significant protected areas, and these exceptional sites show the ground level realities of global nature conservation. IUCN’s independent monitoring of World Heritage sites celebrates conservation successes and draws attention to the growing threats to these crown jewels of conservation, such as extractive activities, dams, illegal wildlife trade, 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.

Peter has more than 35 years’ experience working in conservation. He began his career as a park ranger with Australia’s New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. He first joined IUCN in 1999, and was Executive Director for the 2003 IUCN World Parks Congress. From 2006 to 2010, he led IUCN’s work on protected areas across 23 countries as Head of its Protected Areas Programme in Asia. He then established his own consulting business specialised in protected areas and World Heritage, based in the Blue Mountains, Australia where he stayed until 2017. Peter is also a former CEO and Director of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute and a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.


Tim Badman
Director, IUCN Nature-Culture Initiative

Director, World Heritage ProgrammeExpertise: World Heritage Convention, culture and nature conservation, conservation of geological sites

Language: English, French
Location: Gland, Switzerland


Tim Badman is Director of the IUCN Nature-Culture Initiative, and has been senior IUCN spokesperson on World Heritage since 2007. He was Director of the IUCN World Heritage Programme from 2009 to 2019.

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.


Cyril F. Kormos
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Vice Chair for World-Heritage

Cyril KormosExpertise: protected areas, wilderness law and policy, World Heritage, climate policy, forestry policy, biodiversity offsets, conservation finance and extractive industries.

Language: English, French
Location: Berkeley, California, U.S.A.


Cyril Kormos is Vice-Chair for World Heritage of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA) and Executive Director of Wild Heritage, a project of Earth Island Institute.

Cyril has particular expertise in wilderness areas, primary forests and climate policy. He is a member of the IUCN World Heritage Panel, which is responsible for producing IUCN’s official advice on proposed nominations to the World Heritage List. He serves as the NGO liaison to the World Heritage Programme as well as on the IUCN Primary Forest Task Team. Cyril is also a Senior Policy Advisor to the WILD Foundation, and an Advisor to three conservation initiatives – Nature Needs Half, Project Drawdown and Treesisters. In 2017, he was conferred with the Lui-Walton Innovators Fellowship by Conservation International.



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