ASSISTANT PROGRAMME SPECIALIST
Robbert Casier is Assistant Programme Specialist at UNESCO’s World Heritage Marine Programme, based in Paris, France. At the World Heritage Centre he follows up on state of conservation dossiers, implements ecosystem-based marine spatial planning and capacity building initiatives in World Heritage marine sites. He also works for UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission on the identification and documentation of marine spatial planning initiatives around the world.
He has co-authored several articles and publications, including Natural Marine World Heritage in the Arctic Ocean and The Future of the World Heritage Convention for Marine Conservation.
Prior to his work at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and IOC, he was the Flemish Youth Delegate for Climate Policy. Together with Youth Representatives from all over the world, he developed several lobbying-initiatives that ultimately led to the acknowledgement of “intergenerational equity” in the Paris Climate Agreement. This was the first multilateral environmental treaty to codify the principle of intergenerational equity. He also worked on threat assessments of marine protected areas, a wide array of environmental topics in Brussels, and he conducted field work in South Africa, Mozambique, Russian Federation (Lake Baikal) and the Mediterranean Sea. In 2011 he was awarded an Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship from the EUROPARC Federation.
He obtained his masters degree in marine geology in 2010 from the Renard Centre of Marine Geology, University of Ghent, Belgium. His main interests are scuba diving, genealogy and exploration.
- Marine World Heritage: 50 Beacons of Hope in a changing ocean 09-Mar-2020
- Stepping up management of Komodo’s outstanding marine environment 16-Dec-2019
- Celebrating women scientists in World Heritage marine sites 08-Jun-2019
- Update on East Rennell oil spill, Solomon Islands 04-Apr-2019
- Concern for oil spill near East Rennell, Solomon Islands, in central Pacific 04-Mar-2019
- Concern for oil spill in East Rennell, Solomon Islands, in central Pacific 20-Feb-2019
- Marine World Heritage-inspired artwork to celebrate World Oceans Day 08-Jun-2018
- Working across borders to protect Eastern Tropical Pacific gems 26-Sep-2017
- Ministries and customary owners discuss future East Rennell World Heritage site 26-Sep-2017
- Tubbataha Reefs protected from international shipping impacts 25-Jul-2017
- Children call on world leaders to save the ocean, launch #My Ocean Pledge campaign at World Oceans Day event 08-Jun-2017
- CEO of iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority receives 2017 KfW-Bernhard-Grzimek-Preis 04-May-2017
- Polynesian Voyaging Society concludes tour of eight World Heritage marine sites 10-Apr-2017
- New IUCN World Heritage report stresses urgency of protecting the Arctic from ships and oil as ice melts 04-Apr-2017
- Online Meeting: Lessons learned from Covid-19 for marine World Heritage protection and community well-being 10-Sep-2020-10-Sep-2020
- Online Meeting: How to successfully build resilience-based management at your marine World Heritage site? 17-Jun-2020
- Online Meeting: Biodiversity and Covid-19 21-Apr-2020
- Workshop on marine World Heritage in Komodo National Park 25-Nov-2019-29-Nov-2019
- #MyOceanPledge 08-Jun-2017-09-Jun-2017