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Speleology in Kazakhstan

Shakalov on 04 Jul, 2018
Hello everyone!   I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko")   There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc. ...

Speleology in Kazakhstan

Shakalov on 04 Jul, 2018
Hello everyone!   I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko")   There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc. ...

Speleology in Kazakhstan

Shakalov on 11 Jul, 2012
Hello everyone!   I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko")   There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc. ...

New publications on hypogene speleogenesis

Klimchouk on 26 Mar, 2012
Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi,

The deepest terrestrial animal

Klimchouk on 23 Feb, 2012
A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto. ...

Caves - landscapes without light

akop on 05 Feb, 2012
Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum   The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals. ...

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Trans-KARST 2004: Second circular

Dates: From 13 Sep, 2004 till 18 Sep, 2004
Location: Ha Noi, Vietnam
Trans-KARST 2004: International Transdisciplinary Conference on Development and Conservation of Karst Regions. Rationale:The policies and practice of sustainable development often meet considerable difficulty in implementation due to the many interests at stake. Political, social, cultural, environmental and economic considerations must all be met. This is particularly the case in karst areas where communities are often poor. Despite their magnificent scenery and cultural and natural diversity, their development is defined primarily in economic terms, generally to the detriment of the karst environment. The findings of two transdisciplinary research projects in karst areas in Vietnam confirm that sustainable development is not simply a question of controlling natural conditions and designing technical interventions. The cultural context, social organization and learning processes of the socio-cultural systems and communities must be understood and taken into account. The tensions between socio-economic development and conservation require integrated natural and social science approaches. Deadlines: 2nd circular: October 2003; Submission of abstracts for papers and posters: January 15, 2004; Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2004; Submission of extended abstracts: April 30, 2004; Booking of excursions and submission of reviewed extended abstracts: June 30, 2004; Notification of full papers: July 2004; Submission of full papers: October 2004. Sponsors: Vietnam's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE); Belgian Embassy in Vietnam; Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR), Belgium; Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Geological Survey of Belgium (GSB), Belgium; UNESCO (IGCP Project 448 and IHP); Union Internationale de Speleologie; International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); International Association of Hydrogeologists; Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Vietnam. Organizers: Research Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources (RIGMR, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment), Vietnam; Institute of Ethnology (IE, National Center for Social Sciences and Humanities), Vietnam; Forest Protection Department (FPD, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development), Vietnam. Organizing committee: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Khien, RIGMR; Dr. Nguyen Linh Ngoc, RIGMR; Dr. Do Tuyet, RIGMR; Dr. Tran Tan Van, RIGMR; Dr. Pham Cong Hoan, IE; Dr. Tran Van Minh, IE; Dr. Dinh Van Thanh, MNRE; Ms. Tran Thi Minh Ha, MNRE; Prof. Dr. Jan Masschelein, KUL ; Dr. Fadi Nader, UIS; Dr. Michiel Dusar, GSB; Dr. Okke Batelaan, VUB; Dr. Mark Infield, FFI; Dr. Olivier Tessier, FEO. International scientific committee: Prof. Dr. Alain Dassargues, Liege Univ. and KUL, Belgium; Prof. Dr. Alexander Klimtchouk, UIS Vice-President, Ukraine ; Prof. Dr. Camille Ek, Liege Univ., Belgium; Prof. Dr. Cees Leeuwis, Wageningen Univ., the Netherlands; Prof. Dr. Chris Groves, Western Kentucky Univ., USA; Prof. Dr. Danny Wildemeersch, KUL, Belgium; Prof. Dr. Duong Duc Kiem, RIGMR; Prof. Dr. Elery Hamilton-Smith, Chair IUCN/WCPA Task Force on Cave/Karst Protection, Australia; Prof. Dr. Francois Zwahlen, Neuchatel Univ, Switzerland ; Prof. Dr. Hilaire De Smedt, VUB, Belgium; Prof. Dr. Khong Dien, IE; Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang My, Vietnam's Karst/Cave Association, Ha Noi National Univ.; Prof. Dr. Pavel Bosak, UIS General Secretaty, Prague Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic; Prof. Dr. Phan Cu Tien, RIGMR; Prof. Dr. Rudy Swennen, KUL; Prof. Dr. Song, Linhua, Beijing Academy of Sciences, China. Conference Secretariat: Dr. Tran Tan Van, RIGMR; Dr. Pham Kha Tuy, RIGMR; Dr. Vu Thanh Tam, RIGMR; Dr. Dang Huy Ram, MNRE; Mr. Thai Duy Ke, RIGMR; Mr. Vo Xuan Dinh, RIGMR; Ms. Nguyen Kim Quy, RIGMR; Mr. Nguyen Dai Trung, RIGMR; Mr. Dinh Xuan Quyet, RIGMR; Mr. Do Van Thang, RIGMR. Correspondence Address: Dr. Tran Tan Van, Research Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources (RIGMR), Thanh Xuan, Ha Noi, Vietnam. Tel: 84-4-854-3107 / Fax: 84-4-854-2125. Email: trantv@hn.vnn.vn, http://www.vub.ac.be/trans-karst2004. Conference Venue: Conference Hall, Army Hotel, 33C Pham Ngu Lao St., Ha Noi, Vietnam. Invitation: The Organizing Committee of the International Transdisciplinary Conference on Development and Conservation of Karst Regions (Trans-KARST 2004) has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in this conference, which will take place in Ha Noi, Vietnam from September 13 - 18, 2004. Trans-KARST 2004 will: Offer a forum to discuss basic and applied research findings and methodologies which can contribute to the management and development of karst areas; Help strengthen interest in the preservation of geodiversity, biodiversity and cultural diversity through promotion of sustainable relationships between them; Stimulate communication between researchers, practitioners and policy makers working in karst landscapes; Explore ways to integrate natural and social sciences approaches in the management of karst systems. The Conference will be organized around 4 major themes; each refers to a set of issues of particular relevance to or concern for the development and conservation of karst regions. The first theme - Policy and management of land and water resources - includes such topics as balancing public and private responsibilities; reconciling economic development and nature conservation in land-use planning; the technical and social requirements for water supply, soil conservation and flood protection etc. The second theme - Development of infrastructure and assessment of environmental risks and hazards - includes such topics as karst dissolution and collapse; the effects of climate change; flooding, flood controls and dam construction; environmental mitigation of infrastructure development; managing pollution of water resources in karst systems; monitoring karst water resources; karst structure, groundwater modeling and hydrological cycles; water tracing and vulnerability mapping; cave exploration and structural geology etc. The third theme - Conservation of eco-systems - includes such topics as managing tourism in sensitive areas; developing and protecting show caves; cave exploration; conserving karst specific biodiversity; bio-diversity quantification and monitoring; sustainable forest management; impacts of land-use changes on cultural heritage and landscape; environmental impact and mitigation assessment etc. And the last theme - Integration of natural and social science approaches - includes such topics as transdisciplinary research collaborations; multi-stakeholder collaboration in policy and practice; education and social learning; participatory research methodologies; social and geoscientific applications of GIS and remote sensing. We look forward to welcoming you to Ha Noi, Vietnam and to the Trans-KARST 2004. Yours Sincerely, Dr. Nguyen Xuan Khien, President of Trans-KARST 2004. Full details of the Second Circular at: http://www.vub.ac.be/trans-karst2004