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Fwd: International Year of Caves and Karst: monthly Partners update

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 14 Oct 2021

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От кого: George Veni <>
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Дата: Четверг, 14 октября 2021, 21:33 +02:00
Тема: International Year of Caves and Karst: monthly Partners update

Dear International Year of Caves and Karst Partners,


The past month has been very busy and important. On Monday, 13 September 2021, we celebrated the International Year at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Many governmental ambassadors and influential people were at the meeting in Paris. Many of you attended by Zoom and YouTube and we thank you for joining us. Your attendance was important to show broad support for the International Year.


We asked UNESCO for three specific things (in additional to general support in their representatives’ countries):

  1. Encouraged UNESCO to develop inventories of all caves, karst features, and their contents in UNESCO protected areas.
  2. Suggested that UNESCO evaluate protected areas for adequacy of cave and karst protection, and expand protection as needed.
  3. Invited UNESCO to join the UIS to develop an international ban in the trade of cave materials (speleothems, animals, sediments, and rocks).


The first two requests apply to everyone who manages and protects cave and karst lands, not just UNESCO protected areas. The third request is a new initiative of the UIS. We are seeking partners to help us develop the exact text of an international ban and partners to promote and have it broadly accepted.


Overall, the celebration at UNESCO was important and a major accomplishment, but now the real work starts. We must turn that meeting into tangible results for caves and karst. We are following up with UNESCO officials and will continue to need your support.


To watch the celebration and all International Year videos, go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzSiErLj5x6viNbvAdehDvA. For more information about the International Year, visit the website (www.iyck2021.org).


We currently have 243 International Year partners from 50 countries! On behalf of the UIS, I thank all of you for your support. As a reminder, please continue to plan and announce your International Year events and activities at http://iyck2021.org/index.php/events/. Even more importantly, when your event is over please update your announcement by adding an Event Report. This can be a short few lines about the number of people who attended and what was done. Even better is a link to a YouTube video of the event, or a link to social media. Best of all is to have news media at your events and provide links to their stories. This will help spread information about caves and karst much further than what we do individually.


If you have any questions or needs, please let me know. And if you know other organizations that might join as partners, please tell them about the International Year and invite them!





George  Veni, PhD

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)


President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)


NCKRI address (primary)

400-1 Cascades Avenue 

Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220 USA

Office: +575-887-5517

Mobile: +210-863-5919

Fax: +575-887-5523



UIS address

Titov trg 2

Postojna, 6230 Slovenia




Bulat Mavlyudov

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