Climate Change and Biodiversity

Climate change and the alteration of the ecosystems due to greenhouse gas emission are threatening both cultural and natural heritage in unprecedented and unpredictable ways. How can World Heritage be effectively protected and how can it serve as a model for heritage conservation worldwide? How can World Heritage support biodiversity conservation efforts? How can prediction of future impacts of climate change on World Heritage sites be improved in order to guide mitigation and adaptation projects?

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Andrey Petrov, Co-Coordinator

Andrey Petrov, Co-Coordinator

World Heritage Campaign Coordinator, Greenpeace

Andrey Petrov is a professional geographer, graduating from the Faculty of Geography of the Moscow Lomonosov University he then worked there as a scientist. He was an active member of the Nature Protection Squad (Druzhina) in the period 1977–1990. He has worked in Greenpeace Russia since 1999 and occupies the position of the World Heritage Campaign Coordinator since 2005. He is an expert in protected areas, environmental tourism and was elected as one of the Heritage Heroes at the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee (Bonn, Germany).

Cyril Kormos, Co-Coordinator

Cyril Kormos, Co-Coordinator

Wild Heritage

Cyril is Founder and Executive Director of Wild Heritage. He also serves as IUCN-WCPA Vice-Chair for World Heritage, sits on IUCN’s World Heritage Panel and chairs the IUCN-WCPA World Heritage Network. He was a Lui-Walton Innovator’s Fellow at Conservation International from 2016-2018 and became a National Geographic Explorer in 2018. Cyril is also a co-founder of, and on the Steering Committee for: IntAct: International Action for Primary Forests, a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Primary Forest Task Team, and a member of the Executive Committee at Wild Europe.

Brendan Mackey, Convener

Brendan Mackey, Convener

Griffith University

Brendan Mackey is a professor at Griffith University, Queensland Australia and Director of the Griffith Climate Action Beacon. Prof Mackey is currently a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6 th Assessment Report, Working Group II - Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation. He co-chairs the IUCN Working Group on Primary Forests & Intact Forest Landscapes and served for 8-years on the governing Council of the IUCN. He has authored over 250 publications including in the fields of: natural heritage assessment; forest ecology, conservation science, policy and management; and ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Prof Mackey has provided technical advice on conservation and related technical matters to the CBD, the FAO, the Melanesian Spearhead Group, and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Program. He has a PhD in tropical forest ecology from The Australian National University. Previously, Prof Mackey has work as a research scientist for the Canadian Forest Service, and with the ANU Fenner School of Environment & Society and the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

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