UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis


General news on Karst&Cave related topics

As the year 2021 is approaching UIS made a decision to make it the International Year of Caves and Karst. The main motivation for such a step is the need to promote information about caves and karst among general public who is unfortunately not quite aware of importance and scale of such a phenomenon as caves.

Within the framework of the initiative is teaching the public about various aspects related to caves and karst and giving people information on how to get involved with cave and karst related activities.

The main website dedicated to the IYCK is http://www.iyck2021.org/. More information will be available later.

Dear Caving Friends,

The European Speleological Federation (FSE) and its European Cave Protection Commission (ECPC) is very pleased to announce the launching of the 2020 Call for the EuroSpeleo Protection Label. Please find enclosed the application form (deadline for applications 15 June 2020). You can also find the application form on the FSE website.

The aim of the EuroSpeleo Protection Label is to support active cave protection in the speleo clubs, committees, national commissions, etc., all over Europe and to share this knowledge throughout Europe.

The Doctoral study program in Karstology is a world-wide unique program which provides a comprehensive study of karst science, combining the study of the karst landscape, karst caves, karst hydrogeology, biology and ecology of karst in one course of study. It was designed for students who wish to gain a deeper insight into this broadly integrated system of karst sciences. The fundamental objective of the program is to produce two types of karstologists. The first is the karstologist-researcher who can conduct independent research on karst and karst phenomena from multiple aspects. The second type is the karstologist-manager who can apply the full knowledge of karst conveyed by narrowly specialized experts for different applications (economy, education, protection).

The France HABE Prize is awarded by the Department of Karst and the Cave Protection of the International Union of Speleology (UIS).
Its purpose is to promote the protection of karst and caves for generations to come. Their natural legacy are proven sources of increasingly rich information about the history of our planet and humanity, enabling people to act more thoughtfully, efficiently, and sustainably for the future of our environment. The prize is named in memory and honor of Dr. France HABE (…10/12/1999) of Slovenia (Yugoslavia), who among his other many accomplishments served as President of the UIS Protection Department (1973-1997).

Springer has shared an Annual Performance Report for “Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the World”, a book edited by Klimchouk, A., N. Palmer, A., De Waele, J., Auler, A.S., and Audra, P., published in 2017: