Andy Spate’s involvement in World Heritage is through several avenues. He has worked in or visited almost all of the 20 Australian World Heritage sites and a number of other World Heritage karst sites in South Africa, Asia and Europe. He has also desktop-evaluated several World Heritage proposals for several proponents.
He has co-written three World Heritage proposals on behalf of the Republic of (South) Korea. Two of these were successful (Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes in 2007 and Getbol – Korean Tidal Flats in 2021). Unfortunately, the other was not – the Korean Cretaceous Dinosaur Coast was not inscribed.
He has also reviewed several World Heritage nomination proposals, the most important of which was Australia’s successful nomination of the Ningaloo Coast in 2011. He also provided input to this proposal.