Charles Besancon is the Head of the Protected Areas Programme at the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) as well as the Co-leader of the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas Transboundary Conservation Task Force. His academic background is in Anthropology and protected area management. He has worked in the USA as a ranger, guide and protected area manager. In Africa, he has lived in South Africa and worked there as well as Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo doing conservation and development work. He currently lives in Cambridge, UK and manages projects, staff and the day to day operations of the World Database on Protected Areas, a joint project of UNEP-WCMC and IUCN, the World Conservation Union.