World Heritage

Preserving our world’s natural and cultural heritage is critical to who we are as a people. We have worked as part of IUCN’s Geoheritage Specialist Group, and UNESCO’s World Heritage Site review process. Our World Heritage dream team helps identify and rank potential sites, prepare and manage applications, and provide expert advice and decision making analyses.

Dan Tormey, our founder, has served on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Review Committee (on behalf of the IUCN) since 2009, having conducted 27 desktop reviews of nominations from States Parties to the World Heritage List, and one field mission. He has coauthored two publications on behalf of IUCN: Volcano Thematic Study (2019) and Best Practice Guidelines on Geoheritage Conservation in Protected Areas to be published in 2020. He is also a member of IUCNs Geoheritage Specialist Group.

Catalyst has a dream team network of world heritage specialists to support all phases of the process, from ranking potential sites for inclusion, developing stakeholder support for the process, developing application materials and working with the international bodies, and supporting recreational and land use planning.  The depth and breadth of this team is unmatched.

Cotopaxi Volcano summit crater at 5,897m, Ecuador © Dan Tormey taken as part of the IUCIN Volcano Thematic Study


World Heritage services
Expert Services
Application Management
Application Preparation
Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis
Site Identification and Ranking Process

World Heritage projects

World Heritage experts in our team

World Heritage related news & insights


Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Volcano Thematic Study


Geoheritage as a Gateway to Developing a Conservation Ethic in High School Students From China and the United States