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UIS 2011 News (by Vice President of
UIS President's Report on ICSU Meeting
Minutes of the 2011 Annual UIS Bureau
Report on the 19th International Karstological
Cave Diving: 2ieme Stage UIS de Perfectionnement
UIS KHS Commission at Karst Conference (Bowling
Green, USA)
UIS KHS Commission New Project (HypoKarst)
Speleogenesis Website: Important
3rd Middle East Speleology Symposium
PARAGUAY: a Law for Cave and Karst
Tribute to Bernard Urbain (1952 2011)
UIS Bureau 2009 2013
National Delegates and Substitutes
UIS Departments, Commissions, and Working
Contributions and Bank Account .


1 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) BULLETIN Union Internationale de Sp l ologie 2011 volume 5 4 number s 1 & 2 Edited in February 2012 CONTENTS U IS 2011 News ( by Vice President of Administration) ................................ ......... 2 ................................ ............................ 3 Minutes of the 2011 Annual UIS B u reau M eeting ................................ ................ 4 Report on the 1 9 th Internationa l Karstological School ................................ .......... 9 Cave Diving: 2 i me Stage UIS de Perfectionnement (Liban) ............................ 10 UIS KHS Commission at Karst Co n ference (Bowling Green, USA) .................... 1 6 UIS KHS Commission New Project (HypoKarst) ................................ ................ 1 8 Speleogenesi s Website: Important Developments ................................ ............. 1 9 3 rd Middle East Speleology Sympos i um (Lebanon) ................................ ............. 20 PARAGUAY: a Law for Cave and Karst Protection ................................ ............. 2 1 Tribute to Bernard Urbain (1952 2011) ................................ ............................. 2 3 UIS Bureau 2009 2013 ................................ ................................ ................... 2 4 National Delegates and Substitutes ................................ ................................ .. 2 4 U IS Departments, Comm issions, and Working Groups ................................ ..... 2 6 Con tributions and Bank Account ................................ ................................ ....... 2 8 Editor in Chief: Fadi Nade r (UIS, Secretary General )


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 2 UIS 2011 NEWS George Veni Vice President of Administr a tion In 2011 the UIS wa s at a half way point in many ways. Most obviously, it wa s half way between its international congresses and general a s semblies. The UIS Bureau met in Jedovnice, in the Karst, for its annual meeting and to inspect the progress of the 16 th Interna tional Co ngress of Speleo l ogy (ICS). The 16 th ICS will be held 19 km to the south in the city of Brno on 21 28 July 2013. The Bureau was impressed with the quality of the Organizing Committee, their progress, and the confe rence facilities in Brno. The ICS will be held in beautiful buil d ings designed for confe rences, with hotels, dormitories, and cam ping within easy walking distance s and all in a lovely and hi s toric city. the meetings, has included good revisions to t he Internal Regulations to improve the way the Bureau and UIS work with speleo logists and speleological organizations. We look forward to presenting those changes to the next Ge n eral Assembly. One important change we are working on is the UIS website. The website needs to be updated but first it has needed a team to work on it. We now have assembled that team: Website manager: Jasmina RIJAVEC (Slovenia) Addresses Manager: Emerson Gomes PEDRO (Brazil) Calendar Editor: Ken REDEKER (USA) Technical Manager: Ch arles GOLDSMITH (USA) Peter Matthews (Australia) has been wor king for many years to maintain the website and the UIS thanks him greatly for his exce llent service. With this new team we e x pect to see more updates, improvements, and a faster response than w hat was possible for one man One man also once did much of the work of the UIS since its beginning the Secretary General. Two years ago that changed with new Inte r nal Regulations that gave most of the Se c vice preside nts Christian Dodelin was elected Vice Pres i dent of Operations (VPO) and I was elected Vice President of Admi nistr a tion (VPA). The VPO coordinates the UIS public a tions and website T he VPA works with the D e partments, Commissions, and Working Groups, and a ssists the next ICS. In 2011, the Bureau began giving sp ecific jobs to its A d junct Secretaries, so by spreading the work among everyone, we can do more work, and do it better and fas ter to support international speleology. If you have suggestions on how t he UIS can better serve speleology, or if you want to help, please contact me or any other Bureau me m ber. Exhibit Hall for the 16 th ICS


3 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) I thought I would send a report round to the other UIS Bureau members on my recent attendance at the Annual General Meeting of ICSU In ternational Council for Sc ie n tific Unions. really know what ICSU is. It is actually a non governmental organisation of scientific institutions and scientific repr e sentatives from most countries. The meeting was held in the FAO building in Rome, which is a UN establishment working on World agriculture with about 3,000 employees. They have a Council room with about 300 delegate positions, each with an individual m icrophone and seven integral boot hs for simultaneous tran slation (the meeting was entirely in English). UIS had our own name plate and designated position b etween Sweden and Korea. I am not sure on the placing. The Annual General meeting opened on the afternoon of Tuesday 27 th Septembe r. The actual opening was attended by the President of Italy complete with his ceremonial guards and paparazzi. Then first of these was a small number of scientific lectures spread over the next three days. The programme was presentations by individual i nstitutions, election of Officers of ICSU and a small number of high level scientific le ctures mostly by Nobel Prize winners of which there were at least five in attendance at the meeting. During the course of the Conference I spoke several times particul arly with reference to climate change and info rmation contained within caves. I got the opportunity of explaining to everybody what the International Union of Speleology was all about and it seemed to create quite a lot of interest. I was very well recei ved generally. The largest topic of conversation at the whole meeting was climate change. I thank Arrigo Cigna for accompanying me at the begi nning of the Conference and introducing me into the Italian way of doing things. The first night there was a sp ectacular banquet on a hill ove r looking the Vatican, we were in a large classic Italian restaurant. On the Thursday night there was another ba nquet near to the Coliseum in very traditional medieval Ita l ian surroundings. There was no charge to UIS for the Congress, money coming from Membership fees and Inte rnational organisations. My overall feeling was that ICSU is definitely something we want to work more closely with. Currently we are a ss o ciate members, we could possibly look at full membe rship b ut I think that may well be unreasonably expensive for us. The Headquarters of the organisation is in Paris. I am i n terested in visiting them with Fadi and talking through co operation between our scientists and scientists of the other member organisatio ns. Altogether a very interesting few days. Andy EAVIS UIS, President MEETING UIS: Associate Member of ICSU (as of 2011) Rome 27th to 30th September 2011


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 4 July 14 2 011 1) Opening speech of the UIS President / Approval of Agenda Andy Eavis thanked all participants for coming to Jedo vnice and Brno (Czech Republic). He informed the Bureau that Alexander Klimchouk, Stein Erik Lauritzen, Paul Wi l liams, and Kyung Sik Woo have apologized for not being able to come to the Bureau Meeting. Andy Eavis Bureau meeting. The Agenda of the meeting was then approved by the pr esent Bureau members. 2) A pproval of Minutes from Regular Sessions in 2010 (Postojna, SLOVENIA) Andy Eavis proposed a motion to accept the minutes of the preceding meeting that was held in Postojna (Slovenia) on June 12 and 13, 2010. Fadi NADER seconded this motion and it was passe d by the Bureau. Together with the minutes, the list of decisions/actions was previously published on the UIS Bureau Forum and sent by emails to Bureau members. This list was reviewed and u p dated by the Bureau members. 3) Previous meetings and events a. FEALC Congress (Matanzas, Cuba) 4 to 8 August, 2010; Andy Eavis, George Veni, and Efrain Mercado attended this event and verbally reported the main outcomes to the UIS Bureau. b. ISCA Congress (Slovakia) 20 24 October 2010; Andy Eavis, Arrigo Cigna, Gi ovanni Badino and Pavel Bosak attended this event and verbally reported the main outcomes to the UIS Bureau. c. First Croatian Speleo Congress (Croatia) 24 27 Nov 2010; Christian Dodelin, Fadi Nader, Jean Pierre Bartholeyns and Nadja Zupan Hajna attended this event and verbally r e ported the main outcomes to the UIS Bureau. d. National Symposium of the Turkish Federation of Speleology (Istanbul / Turkey); Fadi Nader attended this event and verbally reported the main outcomes to the UIS Bureau. 4) Organization updates concerning the 16th ICS Brno 2013 a. Report of Site Visit of venues and facilities b. News from the Organizing Committee Mr. updates concerning the organization of the upcoming 16 th ICS in Brno (Czech Republic) in 2013. His verbal report included seven important steps that summarize the work that has been done since the previous U IS Bureau meeting in Postojna (June, 2010) and projects the future perspe ctives. A discussion took place about inviting the FSE to plan their General Assembly and Bureau meeting for the year 2013 at the venue of the 16 th ICS in Brno. The UIS Bureau member s and the 16 th ICS organizers found that this idea is adequate and should be encouraged. DECISION 1: The Bureau offers facilities for the FSE to run its General Assembly and Bureau meeting at Brno in 2013 during the 16th ICS. ACTION 1: Fadi Nader (upon the approval of Andy Eavis) will send a letter to FSE to invite them to plan their Ge n eral Assembly and Bureau meeting for the year 2013 at the 16th ICS in Brno (Czech Republic). 5) Location of the UIS Bureau 2012 meeting (IRAN) Possible venues: a. Euro Sp eleoForum (2012): date not known; no i n vitation or support b. Iranian Cavers and Speleologists Association meeting (2012): date not known, general invit ation, probably some support with facilities c. 4th Argentine Speleological Congress, Mendoza, Argentina (1 8 April 2012): invitation, probably some support with facilities d. Artificial Caves Commission, Torino, Italy (May 2012): written invitation, probably some support with facilities e. Pseudokarst Commission, Galicia, Spain (10 15 September 2012): invitation, no su pport f. International Workshop on Ice in Caves, Italy, (September 2012): no invitation or support g. Hidden Earth (22 23 or 29 30 September 2012): possible invitation and support h. Volcanic Caves Commission, Amman, Jordan (15 22 March 2012): invitation, no suppor t Minutes of UIS Bureau Annual Meeting April 15 16, 2011 Hotel Terasa Jedovnice (Czech Republic)


5 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) DECISION 2: The upcoming annual UIS Bureau mee ting will take place in Iran between 14 and 24 April 2012. The Bureau will contribute to a symposium at the University of Shiraz and part of it will visit the salt karst in southern Iran together with Irania n cavers to evaluate that area for World Heritage designation. If this plan fails th e n the Bureau meeting will be in Jo rdan combined with the u p coming Symposium of the Volcanic Caves Commission. ACTION 27: Fadi will send a letter to the Iranian Ca vers ask ing about the possibility to have meeting and scientific program in Shiraz around March 2012 and determine if support is available in Iran for a World Heritage evalu a tion of the salt karst area. 6) UIS/UNESCO (F. Nader) Fadi Nader informed the Bureau th at the UIS has become an Associate Member of the International Council for Sc ience (ICSU) and that two representatives of the UIS should participate at the ICSU General Assembly in September 2011 in Rome. A fee of 500 Euro should be paid annually to ICSU. ACTION 2: Fadi Nader will contact Arrigo Cigna to ask him about possibly representing UIS at ICSU GA in Rome 24 September 1 October, 2011 (Nadja will see as well if she can attend, and Andy can come on the 29th Septe m ber). ACTION 3: Fadi Nader will pre pare a payment order of 500 Euro to ICSU and send it to Nadja (with invoice a t tached). 7) UIS Code of Ethics (Stein Erik Lauritzen) ACTION 4: Publish the current draft of Code of Ethics completed by S.E. Lauritzen on UIS w ebsite as a wor king document an d ask delegates to review before u pcoming UIS Bureau Meeting in 2012. 8) Commission Reports George Veni, VP Administration, reported on the activities of the Departments, Commissions, and Working Groups: a. Archaeology and Paleontology No reports or co mmunications. b. Arts and Letters They are working on the contest for the UIS Anthem and hope to have some for the Bureau to review and select from next year. c. Artificial Cavities The committee has reorganized with Mario Parise as Pre si dent and members from six countries. They are organizing the International Workshop on Speleology in Artificial Cavities for May 2012 in Torino, Italy. d. Atlas of Karst Regions No reports or communications. e. Bibliography New BBS was recently produced but is still one year b ehind schedule. Greg Middleton and Patrick Deriaz began discussing adding the BBS information into the Karst I nformation Portal, but this has apparently been delayed until Patrick catches up with BBS. f. Biology Last year, Peter Matthews started di scussing with the commission the adding of biological systematic s into the Infomatics database. No information has since been repor ted on progress. g. Cave Diving No reports or communications. h. Cave Mineralogy Organized a cave mineralogy session of the International Mineralogical Association Convention in August 2010, and Bogdan Onac and Paolo Forti are preparing a special issue on cave minerals for the Int Journal of Sp e l e o l o gy. i. Cave Rescue Christian Dodelin has organized successful cave rescue workshops in France, Mexico and Turkey in 2010, and the commission is working with cave rescue conferences in April and May 2012 in Hungary and Bulgaria. No reports or communications since Farsi was added in late 2009. k. Dep artment of Education There was a report in July 2010 on a conference in Tun i sia. l. Department of Cave and Karst Protection The Department has developed Management Guidelines for Show Caves, and continues to provide regular news and information. m. Glac ier, Firn, and Ice Caves The 5 th International Workshop on Ice in Caves is planned for September 2012 in northern Italy. Details have not yet been released. n. History of Speleology Commission President Karl Mais has been ill and not r esponding to message s. Hubert Trimmell offered to serve as the contact for the commission until Mais is in good health. o. Hydrothermal Karst Alexander Klimchouk reports that he and Yuri Dublyansky will likely dissolve this working group and include it wit hin a Hypogenic Kar st Working Group under the Karst Hydr o geology and Speleogenesis Commission. p. Informatics See Biology Commission.


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 6 q. ISCA David Summers reported some difficulties and differences of opinion on the UIS Management Guidelines for Show Caves. Pavel Bosak a nd Hubert Trimmel were at the ISCA Congress where the differences were discussed, and can provide more information. r. Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis Alexander Klimchouk reports the commission has revised and reorganized the online journal, Speleoge nesis and Evolution of Karst Aquifers Also, the commission is co sponsoring the International Conference on Karst Hydr ogeology and Ecosystems in Kentucky in June 2011. s. Longest and Deepest Caves No activity. The President (Aitana Tamayo) does not r espo nd to e mails and the Vice President (Pat Kambesis) does not feel comfortable directing the commission without t. Microbiology and Geomicrobiology The commission created microbiological decontamination protocols for the UIS. u. Paleokarst and Speleochronology No reports or communication. George Veni was having trouble reaching Stein Erik Lauritzen by e mail, but the problem is now fixed and he will contact Stein Erik again soon for a report. v. Physical Chemistry an d Hydrogeology No activity reported. w. Pseudokarst The commission held a successful conference in 2010 and is planning another conference in September 2012 in Gal icia, Spain. x. Speleotherapy No news reported since organizing a conference in 2009. y. T echniques and Materials Development Christian Dodelin and George Veni asked Bernard Tourte and Mark Passerby to reorganize the commission, but they did not have time. Dodelin and Veni will search for others to organize the commission. ACTION 5: Both VPs ( George Veni and Christian Dode l in) will try to find a solution for this commission which will be called ("Advances in Caving Techniques). z. Volcanic Caves The commission held a successful conference in 2010 in Australia and is planning another conference in March 2012 in Amman, Jordan. ACTION 6: Add a mention on the UIS website that informs about the status of the commission or working group. This could be "last updated XX/XX/XXXX" If the commission is not active, also add a statement invi ting cavers int eres t ed in reviving it to contact the VP Admin. 9) Delegates and National Bodies Reports Christian Dodelin, VP Operation s reported on the news from delegates and national bodies. He highlighted also the demands of delegates and national bodies that the info rmation and details about them should be up to date on the UIS Website (see below). ACTION 19: Fadi Nader will provide an updated list of national delegates and organization with their details. 10) News from Regional Federations DECISION 6: Repres entatives of the r egional bodies are considered non voting invited guests at the UIS Bureau meetings. 11) UIS Website and Forum ACTION 7: The UIS Bureau agrees on a maximum budget of 2,000 Euros to professionally update the UIS website. ACTION 8: VP Ope ration s (Christian Dodelin) will co n tact Peter Matthews and mention Pavel Bosak 's co n tact and budget for upgrading UIS website. DECISION 3: UIS Bureau members will use the FORUM for all intra bureau correspondence between meetings and ICSs. ACTION 24: Pr ovide space on UIS website for EXPEDITION ADVISORY SERVICE (link with E uropean Federation Project for international expedition c/o Manuel Freire ) 12) Finance Update Nadja Zupan Hajna reported the Financial Update of the UIS as follows: 1. Incomes in 2 010 Income from received fees 879 17 Financial incomes from bus i ness claims 23,47 Financial income from i n terest 102,16 Financial income from e x change rate differences 3.231,93 SUM 2. Expense s in 2010 Costs of accounting se r vices 267,60 Costs of payment transa c tions 90,90 Donations to other legal entities 1000,00 Material costs 44,00 SUM 1402,50 INCOME SURPLUS : 2834,23


7 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) 3. U IS in 2010 shows a surplus income of 2834.23 that were transferred t o unallocated surp lus of total i n come of 50,240.69 4. On the day of 31. 12. 2010 t he UIS had the following a s sets: Cash in EUR: 5785.75 Cash in U.S. dollars: 34 236 .51 (25 622 Short term foreign currency deposit in U.S. dollars: 25000 .00 (18709 Short t erm interest: 122 87 SUM: 50 240 69 5. On the day of 31. 12. 2010 Society had no liabilities; claims for interest on deposits are 122.87 Postojna, March 24, 2011 DECISION 4: Recommend for the upcoming General A s sembly (Brno, 2013) a list of active me mber countries (dropping those countries that did not pay their fees for the last three consecutive years). ACTION 20: Contact member countries and ask for debts before the upcoming ICS in Brno. ACTION 21: Block more money at the bank in order to increas e interest (10,000 USD over the 25,000 USD) as of 15 February 2012. 13) International Journal of Speleology ACTION 9: Andy Eavis signed the contract with the Un i versity of South Florida (USF) concerning the ele ctronic publishing of the IJS. ACTION 10: VP Operation s (Christian Dodelin) will contact Joe de Waele and ask him about nominating a replacement person if he is still planning to retire as Ed i tor of IJS in Brno in 2013. ACTION 26: Andy will send a letter thanking the Un ive r sity of South Florida f or printing and distr i bution of the IJS for two years. 14) Running Projects a. UIS Book (J. A. Labegalini) J. A. Labegalini sent no new report. As of the 2010 Bureau meeting he estimated the following schedule: 2011: Text finished before the 2011 Bu reau mee t ing 2012: Editing, Review and Design 2013: Printing (before the upcoming 16 th ICS, Brno Czech Republic) J. P. Bartholeyns will remind him about the book in Brazil (July 2011). ACTION 11: J. A. Labegalini will prepare the draft text of th e UIS Book for the next UIS Bureau meeting in 2012. 15) New Member countries (existing and/or prospe ctive): ACTION 12: Fadi Nader will write a letter to Hymer to ask if his organization can consider itself represent a tive of Malaysia. Fadi Nader will als o highlight the job descri p tion of national delegates, who is qual i fied to represent all cavers of his/her country ( per the UIS Statutes). ACTION 13: Fadi Nader will write a letter to ask if the speleological organization in Honduras can consider itself r epresentative of Honduras and assume the job description of national delegates, who is qual i fied to represent all cavers of his/her country ( per the UIS Statutes). 16) Proposed projects/ideas: a. International Expeditions UIS/FSE DECISION 5: Giovanni Badino will take charge of the task to develop special UIS expeditions and/or projects. b. Speleo Competitions (International) Juan Carlos Lopez Casas ACTION 14: Andy Eavis will write a paper with the cons and pros of s peleological c ompetitions that will serve as a serious/clear proposal to be voted on by next UIS Bureau (2012). c. Others Book on Ice Caves (needing financial support) 17) Future meetings and events: a. 50th Anniversary of Cave Rescue Organization, Budapest, Hungary, (29 30 April 2011) b. 1 2th Cave Rescue Conference in Bulgaria (8 to 15 May 2011) c. Granite caves (Sweden, 1 to 8 June 2011) d. 3rd International Conference on Karst Hydrog eo l ogy and Ecosystems (Kentucky, 8 10 June 2011) 4 days fieldtrip pre conference e. 19th Karst School (Slovenia) /Ka rst Underground Protection (20 25 June 2011) f. Climate Change: the Karst Record 6 (27 29 June 2011?) speleothems /Birmingham, UK pre and post conference fieldtrips g. 31st Brazilian Congress (July 2011) h. U.S. National Speleological Society Convention, Glenwoo d Springs, Colorado, USA (18 22 July 2011) i. Balkan Federation Speleo Camp j. 1st Central American Karst Congress, Coban, Gu a temala (10 14 August 2011)


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 8 k. MESS 3 (23 25 September 2011) l. Hidden Earth (23 25 September 2011) m. Euro SpeleoForum (23 25 September 2011) n. VMR Belgium (September October 2011) o. National Cave and Karst Management Sympos ium, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (3 7 October 2011) p. Euro SpeleoForum (2012) q. Iranian Cavers and Speleologists Association meeting (2012) r. Volcanic Caves Commission, Amman, Jordan (15 2 2 March 2012) s. Artificial Caves Commission, Torino, Italy (May 2012) t. Pseudokarst Commission, Galicia, Spain (10 15 September 2012) u. International Workshop on Ice in Caves, Italy, (September 2012) v. Hidden Earth (22 23 or 29 30 September 2012) w. others 18) Conse rvation Issues: a. Progress by FSE b. Far East ACTION 15: Paul Williams in consultation with Kyung Sik Woo will refine the letters to China and Philippines and then send them to Fadi Nader who will officially send them to the authorities. ACTION 16 : Jean Pierre Bartholeyns will review the documents concerning the conservation of karst sites in Thailand and will decide what to do. c. Middle East ACTION 17: Fadi Nader will contact A. Klimchouk to review the Ilsu Project (Turkey). d. Americas ACT ION 18: Efrain Mercado will take the message to the Mexican cavers that the UIS Bureau is very co ncerned about the cave pollution in the Yucatan Peni nsula and Efrain will report back to UIS Bureau. 19) Other Business a. New Article for Internal Regulatio ns: Karst Info rmation Portal ACTION 23: Pavel Bosak will look into Article 17 with the Adv i sory Committee. ACTION 25: Bureau accepts to add Article 25 to reg ul a tions. The Regulations will need to be updated and pu b lished. b. Which organizations are affi liated with UIS? What is the fee? c. Request for Affiliation: National Cave and Karst R e search Institute DECISION 7: Decision by unanimous vote to accept NCKRI as an affiliated member to UIS with payment of Category A (300 Euro) annually. d. FEALC ACTI ON 22: Andy will write a support letter to FEALC. e. ISCA ACTION 28: President Andy Eavis will contact ISCA 20) Closing Meeting and Setting the Action List of 2012 Andy Eavis closed the UIS Bureau meeting for th e year 2011 and thanked everybody for their presence and contr ibution. ACTION 29: Fadi Nader will prepare the minutes of the meetings and the Action List for 2012. Fadi NADER UIS, Secretary General


9 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) 19th International Kar stological School Postojnska Jama Photo : J P Bartholeyns La 19th International Karstological School Classical Karst Kar st Research Institute ZRC SAZU Europenne, du Gouvernment Office for local Self de Postojnska jama, du Parc de Skocjanske jame et de International Karstological School Protection du Karst Souterrain a runi plus de 200 participants venus Bulgar ie, Croatie, Espagne, Etats Unis, Egypte, France, Grce, Hongrie, Iran, Italie, Liban, Macdoine, Pays Bas, Pologne, Roumanie, Serbie, Slovakie, Slovnie, Suisse, Cette runion tait partage entre des expos s varis et intressants rpartis en trois sections (protection des grottes, protection de la faune et de son habitat, protection surface que sous terre avec des phnomnes exceptionnels. U ne runion intressante diffrents points de vue : diffrentes possibilits, astuces et statuts de protection, conservation et de sauvegarde existant dans diffrents pays, elle a dfini les diffr ents intervenants dans la gestion et la protection du karst en gnral : splologues, scientifiques, propritaires (priv ou officiels), ministres et administrations, grants de grottes touristiques et la complexit de leurs relations, elle mmes sur les grottes, leurs responsabilits en matire de protection et les elle a mis en vidence non seulement le commerce des s de la faune subterranenne (poissons, coloptres), si des sites archologiques sont mis jour lors de travaux dans plusieurs pays ; un e tude rapide (relevs topos, dcouverte de cavit, les participants se sont rendu compte que la protection ont dbouch sur la dcouve rte et la dtermination de beaucoup dcouvrir. Une raison supplmentaire pour justifier une meilleure protection des biotopes subterranens. Plusieurs intervenants ont insist sur le rle impo rtant voire essentiel jouer par les splos, les inventeurs des grottes, dans la gestion de celles karstique inconnues. 0 ans. Vous y tes dj tous cordialement invits. Jean Pierre B ARTHOLEYNS 19 th International Karstological School: Protection du Karst Soute rrain (Postojna, SLOVENIA) 20 25 June, 2011


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 10 Philippe Brunet, Fred Martin, photos Antranik haddad Du 19 au 23 septembre 2011, le Liban a accueilli le 2 me stage perfectionnement la plonge souterraine organis Internationale de splologie. Le premier a eu lieu en 2009 en Ardche (France). Ce projet a t initi lors du congrs UIS de 2005 Kalamnos Athnes Grce par Tony Co Splologiques A.L.E.S. INTRODUCTION En 2009 Ke r rville Texas, lors de la runion de la commission plonge souterraine UIS, les dlgus ont membres. En effet, il est constat la difficult de disposer (bnvolat) dans la plupart des pays. Il a donc t dcid de proposer un stage de formation annuel. Le pays accueillant doit mettre la disposition de s stagiaires trangers le matriel lourd non transportable par avion. Le lieu du stage doit permettre de disposer de plusieurs siphons dans une rgion suffisamment rduite pour limiter les dplacements journaliers. Le cout de ces stages doit rester abordab apporter une aide financire de 500 de la prsence de 5 nationalits dans le stage. Runion de la commission plonge Ke r rville 2009 Quatre pays se proposent pour accueillir un stage UIS : 2011, Gadha Salem et Jo hnny Tawk dlgus du Liban, difficults financires que rencontre le pays. e. Frdric Martin, moniteur de plonge souterraine et manifesta rapidement son intrt pour venir encadrer avec moi. du stage tait de perfectionner la dmarche et aux technique s de la splologie ou non splologues parfaitement autonomes, ayant suivi effectu au moins 5 plonges souterraines. La formation tait limite aux techniques spcifiques de plonge souterraine, le but du stage tant de sensibiliser les plongeurs: aux dangers inhrents la plonge souterraine, aux notions de scurit concernant les matriels et les techni ques, aux qualits de sang froid, de rflexion et splos. en fonction de ses acquis et de ses capacits, ver s son autonomie dans la pratique de la plonge splologique en toute scurit. A l'issue de la formation, le plongeur doit tre capable d'analyser et de connatre les limites de l'environnement particulier dans lequel il volue, et de respecter les diff rentes rgles inhrentes sa scurit en plonge souterraine. CAVE DIVING COMMISSION COMMISSION DE LA PLONGEE SOUTERRAINE 2ieme Stage UIS de Perfectionnement la plonge souterraine 19 23 Septembre 2011 (Liban)


11 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) Les objectifs pdagogiques taient de : Connatre le milieu splologique noy, au plus proche de la ralit, Dvelopper son observation au regard des spcificits et des contrainte s du milieu, Pendre conscience des limites de scurit ne pas enfreindre et de ses propres limites, Appliquer les rgles de la redondance au plan de Matriser les rgles de gestion et de consommation Savoir utilis er des blocs relais, Equiper un siphon en respectant les rgles Matriser les techniques de recherche de fil pe rdu et Evoluer dans des siphons diffrents impliquant des configurations adaptes, avec des objectifs diffrents, ARRIVEE AU LIBAN Le stage a regroup 4 stagiaires et 2 cadres sur 4 jours, Beyrouth (Liban). Nou s remercions le club Octopus Team qui a assur la mise disposition du matriel de plonge, le cours thorique le matin et le transport en bateau pour les tagiaires Tony Comaty et Fady al Hawa taient splologues membres de premire, les plongeurs mer taient instructeurs en plonge technique mer habitus au Cavern Diving . Un mlange trs diversifi prometteur de discussions riches en changes. Arrive Beyrouth le samedi 17 septembre, Tony Comaty nous accueille et nous emmne directement au club de plonge afin de vrifier le matriel disponible puis la salle de cours. Aprs un passage rapide notre htel, nous chaleureuse plusieurs membres du club dont le prsident Joseph Tabet qui nous montre rapidement sa comptence transformer les verres vides en verres pleins. Les plats couvrent toute la table, les danses et les tambours se succdent. Pas question de bouder notre pla isir, nous essayons maladroitement de suivre le rythme. Le retour Dimanche 18 septembre Fady et Tony nous font visiter une ons. La valle de la Kadicha nous montre un magnifique synclinal, la rivire a tranch une superbe coupe gologique. La grotte de la Nous craignons pour les futures majestueux cdres de la fort des Cdres. La fort sent bon et nous rappelle que les phniciens ont pu dvelopper leur marine grce ces arbres vivant plusieurs lus pas Tony Le GPS est sur le tableau de bord, nous attaquons de la gologie locale. Au sommet, aprs 2600 m, nous dcouvrons un panorama tonnant : la mer, la valle de la Beqaa, l spcialit locale. Le retour vers Beyrouth se fait par via Zahl o est produit un arak fameux (Joseph nous le fera dcouvrir plus tard !). Demain le stage dbute vraiment. DEROULEMENT DU STAGE Les stagiaires ont suivi trs srieusement des cours thoriques le matin. Les travaux pr atiques et les plonges ou moins longtemps, dans une eau plus ou moins claire 3 siphons. Lundi 19 septembre chacun, ses motivations et ses en vies particulires. Le premier cours est consacr au matriel spcifique de la


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 12 splologie subaquatique, puis au suivi et la pose du fil o les matriels s ont prpars et vrifis. Les bi bouteilles La premire plonge a lieu dans une grotte prs de trs charge. La visibilit se dgrade trs vite cause des particules dcroches du plafond par les bulles. Les stagiaires doivent tous poser un fil, suivre le fil le masqu e obtur par un cache, puis dsquiper la cavit. Elie nous emmne en bateau. Exprience curieuse pour les cadres matriel dans une grotte. Compte tenu de la circulation des s identifie par une boue. Antranik part avec Tony pour la pose de fil sur le cot droit, Frdric et Fady sur le cot gauche. Puis ce sera Antranik avec Philippe et Rami avec Frdric. Aprs e nviron 35 mn de plonge pour chaque stagiaire, nous devons faire nous encerclent. Ils procdent un entrainement et repartent pleine vitesse vers le port, les soldats couchs sur les boudins, fu Le lieu qui nous avait t dcrit comme trs simple nous laisse perplexe et sa topographie semble plus complexe cavern diver nos stagiaires sortent sur la voie de la rflex ion. Cette premire plonge a mis en vidence : ci de faon pouvoir le suivre confortablement avec une mauvaise visibilit, en permanence en scurit mme avec une parfaite sur la consommation en air et sur la Mardi 20 septembre des plonges de la veille. Cet change trs riche permet aucun moment porter de jugement de valeur. Ce sont les situations vcues qui perm thorique. Le dpart vers le club est plus rapide que lundi car n ous devrons aller vers Batroun, plus loin que Byblos. Heureusement la mer semble trs calme. Pendant que certains fixent un manomtre sur le deuxime dtendeur, Durant le trajet, Robocop alias Tony filme la c ote avec son masque camra et prince Philippe filme le voyage avec sa mini camra Go Pro. Aprs 1 h de bateau, Selaata nous attend. A Chekka un peu plus loin encore, plusieurs des crues, son jaillis sement atteint la surface. Un collecteur important doit se trouver l, encore un tmoin de la rgression messinienne qui a faonn le littoral sur git entre les rochers qui couvrent le sol, des ripples marks indiquent clairement le sens du courant. masque obtur et un dgagement. C ertains feront un peu de topographie. Chaque cadre part avec 2 stagiaires afin que comprendre comment on peut ne pas retrouver le fil. Ceci est possible grce aux surfaces libres prsentent prox imit de tous les points de la grotte. Rami et Antranik partent avec Philippe, Tony et Fady avec


13 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) milieu par un effet de trouble mais surtout par une temprature qui nous glace. Le passage de 25 16 degrs est saisissant. Fred et Antranik en shorty sont frigorifis. Curieusement les stagiaires demandent faire les exercices Bien sur nous, acquiesons immdiatement. Aprs 95 minutes de plonge, nous rejoignons le b ateau. Cette petite rsurgence a t parfaite dans son rle de siphon cole. dgagement se fait bien, mais les couteaux ne coupent pas toujours trs bien. Les drouleurs du commerce se coincent, le fil passant entre les flasques et bloquant mportance de maitriser chaque technique. rapidement. Nous dpassons Batroun avec son mur Phnicien et approchons le vieux port de Byblos, o nous pouvons admirer la citadelle et la vieille c it. Des pcheurs sont partout. Un petit tour dans le port et nous repartons. Un peu plus loin, Elie nous montre son bateau de pche et Antranik son premier club de plonge hberg dans un container. Nous rentrons la nuit tombe aprs avoir vu le coucher de soleil sur la mer. Celle ci est poissons. Mercredi 21 septembre. traditionnel tour de table sur les plonges de la veille nous abordons l plonge souterraine, suivie de la prsentation des rgles des post siphons sont prsents. Le calc ul de la quantit de gaz emporter pour la plonge du jour conclue la matine. ns qachqouch en face de jeita La grotte de qachqouch est accessible par un tunnel artificiel de 150 m qui collecte les eaux du siphon et les envo ient vers la station de traitement de Dbay pour servir Plus de 400 litres secondes filent entre nos pieds. Au bout, t le S2 que nous allons plonger dans un bruit tourdissant, avaient trouv refuge. Le portage est lourd mais heureusement plusieurs plongeurs du club Octopus et des s une belle vasque nettoy par le courant. La galerie fait environ 4 m de diamtre et descend avec une pente 20 mtres avant de remonter puis de redescendre. La suite a t perdu e, JJ Bolantz aboutissant un terminus troit avec peu de courant. Par moment, le plafond redescend et un sol sableux rtrcie le Fady part en premier avec Philippe pour quiper jusqu' rapidement mais les prises sont plus retour doit se faire selon le premier atteint, au 1/5 me de mn de plonge ou la profondeur prvue. Ce se ra le temps et la consommation qui feront retourner. Atranik doit dsquiper un vieux fil qui part dans une partie trs sale. mme si Fred est au contact. Philippe repart avec Rami pour poursuivre l 15 m. Le fil dj pos permet de progresser plus vite et en remuant une paroi vertical. Nous devons tre au bas de ce qui ressemb le un puits remontant. Pendant que les premiers matriels sont ressortis, Tony part avec Fred vrifier le fil


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 14 maintenant bton me. Ces 3 eme plonges ont dur entre 15 et 25 mn et sont trs ressenties. Repas tous ensem ble Jounieh puis visite la vierge de paix o la vue en pleine nuit est somptueuse. De trs nombreux visiteurs, chrtiens et musulmans visitent le site. eil photo dans la minuit notre htel. Jeudi 22 septembre Nous sommes toujours Jounieh pour le cours sur des inconnues. Une prs entation des prises de notes topographiques est faite. Les travaux pratiques sont de bouteilles relais. Nous restons sur Jounieh pour replonger dans la cavit du dfinitif, faire partir du fil principal des recherches sur des galeries latrales secondaires, effectuer une topogr aphie. Le relais doit tre pos au cours de la progression dans un endroit adapt puis tre repris au retour. Une recherche de fil sera faite pour certains stagiaires. Ce matin Philippe qui souhaite sans doute tester son adaptabilit a oubli son casque, ses lumires et son ordinateur. Tony lui prte son casque, Fady grera les paliers (les tables de plonges permettent une scurit). Pour le deuxime tour, Tony prend le casque de Fady. Lui que celui d topo se fait au retour, tranquillement pour une plonge de 50 mn a 25 max. Rami explore le cot ga uche, lui aussi a un relais et fait une topo au retour. La salle derrire la dune de sable est retrouve et plonge jusqu' 22 m. Enfin, Tony utilise son relais, le pose avant de partir explorer le cot gauche de la salle mais plus bas que Rami. Descente rapide jusqu' 25 et topographie au retour, sans puis avec le relais. Les 55 mn de plus entraine un palier de 45 mn pour Philippe (105 mn a 25). Ces 4 eme plonges sont longues et trs actives. Elles niques niveau technique que philosophique. Ceux ci proposent en de ne pas inciter des plongeurs mer y pntrer sans connatre les tech niques. Cette analyse trs juste nous satisfait totalement. plonge puis par un bilan du stage. anniversaire du Speleo Club du Liban S.C.L Nous arrivons pour les discours puis Fred et moi iront manger dans un resto de poisson dans un quartier populaire de Beyrouth o Joseph nous fait tester un fameux arak. Puis Vendredi 23 septe mbre Le stage UIS est fini mais le congrs du 3 eme Middle East Speleology Sumposium organis par le S.G.L MESS dbute. Inscription puis confrence le matin. l a plu toute la matine la mer est cristalline. Nous plongeons avec Ramy comme chef de palanque. Il a son casque splo pour Cette plonge est une vraie rcompense pour nous. La soire se fini Amchit dans un restaurant de poisson. Le lieu est magique, nous sommes au dessus des vagues, peu aprs la vielle ville de Byblos, pas trs loin de la grotte de Selaata. Rami, Antranik et sa femme, Tony, sont l pour cette soire conviviale o nous retr ouvons Abdo mon pote de Ker r ville, avec sa femme, Badr, Ghada, Joseph et quelques autres. Nous changeons les photos, pendant que chaude que l e temps hasardeux. Fady nous rejoint avec son


15 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) neveu, le groupe du stage est complet. La pluie arrive avec violence, plusieurs grains nous passent dessus durant la soire. Le retour se fait vers Beyrouth sur une autoroute dtrempe. Les 4 x 4 ont au moins de rester sur la route. BILAN DU STAGE prise de conscience de la spcificit de la splologie adapt, souvent di ffrent de ce qui est utilis habituellement, mme lors de plonges tek. Au niveau des que cela soit sa pose o la conduite tenir en c as de soucis, bouteilles de tailles varies compltent la thorie. vcue. La plonge en grotte a t une prise de conscience marquante pour les plongeurs. La possibilit de plonger avec des cadres diffrents est galement un plus. La satisfaction est gnrale, le stage a rpondu aux attentes de chacun. Concernant les cadres, un sentiment de satis faction ne peut stagiaires trs divers, partags entre plongeurs tech et splo, vers un but et une prise de conscience communs. En tmoigne la vision de la grotte Aquamarina qui tait prsente en d but de stage comme vidente et sans danger, et qui ne devait plus la fin de ces 4 jours trs riches, ne laisser dpasser aucun fil. Les galeries juges prsent et juste titre trop dangereuses pour le commun des plongeurs devaient prsent tre d Nous sommes trs content, l e stage tait agrable, les diffrents. Le niveau des stagiaires tait bon, le point principal tait une question de principe et de philosophie, montrer la spcifi cit du milieu, rendre le plongeur Merci Tony C omaty qui a tout organis sur place, Qashqoush cueil chaleureux reu partout. Nous garderons un grand souvenir de ce sjour et esprons revenir. Ph ilippe BRUNET President de la Commission plonge souterraine


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 16 International Conference on Karst Hydrogeology and Ec osystems (Karst 2011) w as held at Western Kentucky Un iversity in Bowling Green, KY, USA in June 8 10, prece ded by the field trip along the western edge of the Cumbe rland Plateau Escarpment in Kentucky and Tenne s see in June 4 7. The Conference was hosted by the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute, co organized by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI), and the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH). Attended by a round 90 karst scholars from 16 nations, the c onference was a great success, with its rich scientific program (44 papers presented in 6 sessions) and international karst cooperation agenda. The latter included business meetings of the three major karst/rel ated organizations: IAH Karst Commission UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleoge nesis the newly approved UNESCO/IUGS IGCP Project 598 Environmental Change and Sustai n ability in Karst Systems: Relations to Climate Change and Anthropoge nic Activ ities and International Karst Cooper a tion Panel Discussion. The UIS KHS Commission meeting on June 8 was atten ded by ca. 30 colleagues, including those representing the par t ner organizations. The following items were discussed: 1) Recent developments wit h the Speleogenesis website (http://www.speleogenesis.info/). The j idu r ing the last four years. New j ournal concept: merging the journal with the onlin e bibliography database (KarstBase); o ne stop place for current titles/publications in the field; Two new issues (10, 2011, January June, and 11, 2011, July December); New j ournal (website) design, new technical pla tform, easy and quick management and pu b l ishing. an effective way to highlight selected current publications from karst/cave journals and other geoscience journals, pertinent to the field of speleogenesis and karst hydrogeo logy. The highlighting format includes titles, a bstr acts and links to original publications). The Speleogenesis main page (Portal) has been re designed. E Books section has been established (the collection of open access monographs and proceedings). During the meeting plann ing further efforts on the we b site were discussed, most of which are already rea l ized by the ps sue). Everyone agreed that the Speleogenesis website is an i ndispensable tool for main taining the KHS Commission activity and, more general ly for promoting international karst cooperation. It was suggested that other partner karst organizations would make more extensive use of the fun ctionality of this site (particularly its registr ation/r etc.) for their own activities. Furthermore, it was agreed by Dr .Nico Goldscheider and Dr. Neven Kresic (IAH Karst Commissions co presidents) that the Speleogenesis we b site will soon be jointly operate d by the UIS KHS Commi s sion and IAH Karst Commissions. 2) Merging of the UIS Working G roup on Hydrothe rmal Karst with the UIS Commission on Karst Hydr ogeology and Speleogenesis Hydrothermal karst is now recognized to be a variant of a broader speleogenetic family of hypogene karst, so that it ought to be approached from this common genetic ground. It has been therefore suggested (by Dr. Yu. Dublyansky and Dr .A .Klimchouk) that the UIS Working Group on H y drothermal Karst merges with the UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis. Further efforts to foster studies on hydrothermal karst will be continued within the recently launched HypoKarst Pr oject of the KHS Commission. (visit http://www.speleogenesis.info/directory/projects/hypogene / for deta ils). 3) HypoKarst Project ("Hypogene Karst & Speleoge nesis: Nature, Processes, Mechanisms, Manifestations and A p plications ). The HypoKarst Project w as recently launched by the Commission with the goal to advance our understanding of solution conduit and void development in those parts of the sedimentary cover that lie below the domain of shallow unconfined groundwater flow systems. UIS KHS Commission at the Karst Hydrogeology and Eco systems Confe r ence in Bowling Green (USA) 8 10 June, 2011 19 23 Septembre 2011 (Liban)


17 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) The main project objectives are as follows: Identify and develop common international sc ience s ubject a reas to ensure that i mportant scie ntific questions in studying hypogene karst are a ddressed in a coherent manner; to promote r esearches in the identified areas. Facilitate and strengthen international scientific cooperation in hypogene karst studies; promote interaction betwee n karst researchers and other geoscience scholars and industry specialists in hypogene karst studies and applications. Channel and disseminate information and research outcomes relevant to hypogene karst. The project coordinators are Dr. Yu. Dublyansky (In n sbruck Univ. Austria) and Dr. Alexander Klimchouk (UISK, Ukraine). The third coordinator is to be assigned soon. More details about the HypoKarst project can be found at http://www.speleogenesis.info/directory/projects/hypogene /. Lists of interested resea rchers and groups on the above mentioned page is growing, following the feedback r eceived after the initial announcement. Various functionalities will be added soon to the Hyp oKarst page, including registration with the project, hyp okarst bibliography sear ch, project forum and news, etc. 4) Future meetings There was a discussion of possible future meetings under the KHS Commission auspices, both thematic and general. Regarding thematic meetings, there is a desire to continue the line of hypogene karst event s, established by the 2008 GSA Convention Session in Houston (sponsored by NCKRI) and 2009 Conference in Ukraine (co organized by UISK and NCKRI). Future meetings of this series are seen as small to medium size symposia, focused on specific aspects of Hypo Karst studies and merged with field trips that could highlight particular examples and faces of hyp ogene karst. The following possible places and time slots are on the tentative list for HypoKarst symposia (information below is updated since the June meeti ng and particular events on this list are subject to specific confirmation): Bahamas (KWI; Dr. John Mylro i e): Hypogene Cave Morphology, 2014 February; Budapest, Hung ary (Prof. Judit Mdl General HypoKarst topics with a focus on regio nal groundwater flow systems aspects, possibly in 2013; Crimea, Ukraine (UISK NCKRI): General Hyp o Karst topics. Timing still to be determined; Carlsbad, NM, USA (NCKRI): General H yp oKarst topics. Timing still to be determined; Among more general events, the KHS Commission is to sponsor the general symposium on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis at the 16th International Speleological Congress, Czech Republic, July 2013. Any ideas comments and suggestions regarding these and other possible meetings are welcome. The UIS KHS Co m mission is open for suggestions to co sponsor any other scientific meetings on karst evolution, hydrogeology, ge o morphology and speleogenesis. 5) Support for the Speleogenesis website The Speleogenesis website is rapidly growing in its size, complexity, and significance for the entire karst commun ity. To secure its sustainable and dynamic development in the future, we need to find means to compensate, at least in part, for the work of the webmaster (Alexey Kopchinskiy from Vienna), and cover the hosting and provider service costs. The amount of ca. $2500 $3000 a year would solve the problem. The IAH Karst Commission (Dr. Nico Gol dscheider and Dr. Neven Kresic) suggested that their Co mmission would try help in finding sponsors for this partic ular issue. Also, the KHS Commission should seek sponsors and activate f u ndr a ising efforts to support its projects and events. Any ideas and suggestions regarding this issue would be much appreciated. The UIS KHS Commission representatives took part in the business meetings of other partner organizations and in the International Karst Cooperation Panel Discussion co nvened during the Conference. We are happy to see the growing collaboration of our Commission with the IAH Karst Commission and the UNESCO/IUGS IGCP Project 598, and we are looking forward to work on implement ation of all discussed plans and ideas. The UIS KHS Commission congratulates Dr. Chris Groves and his excelle nt team at the Hoffman Environmental R esearch Institute with the success of the Karst 2011 Confe rence and thanks to them for the ir perfect organization and hosp i tality. Alexander KLIMCHOUK UIS KHS Commission President/ UIS Adjunct Secretary


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 18 The HypoKarst project is an informal international effort to coordinate and promote hypogene karst and speleogen esis research. The main objective is to advance our unde rstan d ing of solution conduit and void develo p ment in those parts of the sedimentary cover that lie below the domain of shallow unconfined groundwater flow sy s tems. This is important in order to better apprehend karst evolution, and improve the general karst paradigm and its a p plicability and effectiveness for solving related practical pr o b lems. Initiated in 2007, HypoKarst has been shaped recently as a coherent project proposal to be one of core projects of the UIS Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis Commission. Also, the Hypokarst Project succeeds the UIS Working Group on Hydrothermal K arst, which is suggested recently to merge with the KHS Commission. Through cooperation of interested researchers and use of collaborative platform and tools of the Speleogenesis Ne twork, HypoKarst will assist in more efficient implement ation of existing f unded projects, generate new research initiatives and seek for additional funding to promote stu d ies in Hypokarst Subject Areas. The main HypoKarst objective is to advance our unde rstanding of solution conduit and void development in those parts of the se dimentary cover that lie below the domain of shallow unconfined groundwater flow systems. Other o bjectives include: Identify and develop common international science s u bject a reas to ensure that important scientific que s tions in studying hypogene karst a re addressed in a coherent ma nner; to promote researches in the identified areas. Develop and strengthen international scientific cooper ation in hypogene karst studies. Promote an interaction between karst researchers and other geoscience scholars and industry specialists in h y p ogene karst studies and applications. Channel and disseminate information and research ou tcomes relevant to hypogene karst. To read more about activities and plans under the Hyp oKarst Project, please visit: http://www.speleogenesis.info/directory/projects/ hypogene/ Alexander KLIMCHOUK & Yury DUBLYANSKY the Project Coordinators, UIS KHS Commission UIS KHS C OMMISSION NEW PROJECT Hypogene Karst & Speleogenesis: Nature, Processes, Mechanisms, Man i fest ations and Applications (HypoKarst) 19 23 Septembre 20 11 (Liban)


19 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) Important new developments ha ve been made recently with the Speleogenesis website, which greatly improve its fun ctionality and enhance s services provided for website me mbers. The update of the website has primarily concentrated on basic functionality of the templat ing engine and overall design. The site is now more stable and more secure. Much work has been done to make sure that in the future it will be easy to add new functionalities and provide better se rvices to members of the Speleogenesis community. Of many f eatures and utilities that are at work, a few i mportant ones are already available. The most important one is a new Member Area. All existing Speleogenesis me mbers have full access to the new environment, so no new regi s tration is needed. Just log in with your Speleogenesis cr e dentials and start exploring the new Member Area. Improved member profile It is now very easy to update your member profile W ith a few mouse clicks you can change your password, update your email address upload an avatar, and edit p ersonal data like affiliation and professional interests. D e pending on your visibility choices certain items of this information will become available on your Public Page. Public page Public page is a new feature. It may serve like your pe rsonal professi onal internet page. Besides your personal details, you can add a custom text of an unlimited size (hint: you may use it as your curriculum vitae). Also you can create and make public your list of publications. These all will be visible on your Speleogenesi s Public Page. I would kindly encourage you to make your Public Page as informative as possible. It is important and beneficial to all members of the community that individual professional profiles of hu n dreds of karst and cave scholars would be available from a single system, the Directory of Researc hers. The Directory currently lists 586 researchers. New Karstbase Another major development is KarstBase. This online cave and karst science bibliography database has been available for beta testing during sev eral years, although its interface and submission options were rather premature. Neverth eless, KarstBase has managed to grown dramatically and now covers almost 10.300 titles. Now we present the grea tly improved KarstBase. KarstBase is integrated wit h the Speleogenesis Journal and its Featured Articles section, and fully covers 16 major journals in the field (World Cave & Karst Science Jou rnals) among other sources. Any registered member can easily submit bibliography items into the system using simpl e and convenient form available from Member Area. Now you can make Karstbase growing faster. It would be a great idea to make sure that your own relevant publications on karst and geospeleology are all included! You can also add an e book or thesis which will be displayed in respe ctive se c tions of the site. These are some of the new developments. More features are on their way (listed at the bottom of the Member Area page). I invite you to explore the new face of the Speleogenesis website and new options available there. Please, also e ncourage other karst and cave scholars, who may not have joined the Speleogenesis Network yet, to register with the site and contribute to the development of our important professional resources. e to emphasize on the great role of the web site master, Alexey Koptchinsky from Austria, whose deep devotion, hard work and outstanding expertise in web design has made all these developments possible. On b e half of the Speleogenesis community, I sincerely thank him. I also thank the staff of the Ukrainian Institute of Speleol o gy and Karstology (UISK) who contributed lots of efforts into putting together various data sets used for the Spel e ogenesis developments. Alexander KLIMCHOUK UIS KHS Commissio n President/ UIS Adjunct Secretary UIS KHS C OMMISSION Important Developments with Speleogenesis Website 19 23 Septembre 2011 (Liban)


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 20 Holy Spirit University de Kaslik non loin de Beirut au Liban avec le soutien du Conseil National pour la Recherche Scientifique. La croyance populaire libanais e dit que le troisime est le bon. On peut donc affirmer ds maintenant, sans aucun 201 6. Malgr plusieurs autres manifestations importantes en Europe dont les Hiden Hearth (GB) et Speleomedia (ES), le MESS3 a rassembl quelques 60 participants dont vingt France, Iran, Japon, Oman, S uisse, Slovnie, Turquie et de la manifestation et confirme les excellents contacts et rapports entretenus par le Splo Club du Liban avec la communaut splologique mondiale. Ce 3e Symposiu concide avec le 60e anniversaire du Splo Club du Liban Anavy, R. Khawam et S. Karkabi. Qui sont entre autres les dcouvreurs de la splendide grotte de Jeita Les sujets abords par les orateurs de divers horizons ont trait de bien des domaines de la splologie tant nationale t rserve la p rotection du karst en gnral intressant dbat a runi, pour la premire fois, les gestionnaires de grotte, les splologues, les responsables de la protection tant au niveau ministriel que splo. nne tous les niveaux de dcision. MESS3 fut aussi le moment idal pour prsenter trois no uveaux livres. De magnifiques documents photographiques Pour permettre aux visiteurs trangers de mieux connatre leur pays, les organisateurs avaient mis au programme, la visite des principaux sites touris tiques historiques et cult urels, la visite de grottes sauvages et touristiques. les prcdentes ditions une totale russite. Pour terminer il faut souligner le dynamisme et Liban qui se transmet de gnration en gnration. Jean Pierre BARTHOLEYNS 3 rd MIDDLE EAST SPELEOLOGY SYMPOSIUM (MESS 3) (USEK Kaslik, LIBAN) 23 25 Septembre, 2011


21 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) or more than five years cavers and from Paraguay have worked t o gether to convince the government of the need of having regulations to pr o tect caves and karst. As recent as in January 2012 the Par a gua y an Congress adopt a pr o ject from FEPAE (Fe d eracin Paraguaya de Espeleologa) a FEALC 1 /UI S member and Fundacin Cavernas de Par aguay and accept it doing a step forward to create the first cave and karst protecting law of the country. The president of the Republic of Paraguay, Fe r nando L ugo, stamps his signature to a p prove Law 4577/12. With th is law several caves from San L zaro ( Vallem), Depar tment of Conce p cin, Paraguay, became protected. Initially, caves Kamba Hopo, 14 de julio, la Santa Caverna, Tres Cerros, Morado i and Santa Elena cave s and surroundings are subjected to immed i a te protection This last one is privately owned. The rest lay in go v ernment land managed by the Industria Nacional de Cemento (INC). San Lzaro is located 660 Km. away from Asu n cin, the capital of Paraguay. It lays just in the confluence of Apa and Parag uay River, in the border of Brazil (Paran). To reach the place was necessary to travel 18 hours by bus, the last 180 Km. on dirt roads (non paved). The gap to visit the area is very narrow due to rainy season by that time. The possibility to reach the are a by car is very low because the road is subjected to flooding. MERCOSUR 2 and local government are working on a huge pr o ject to bring paved road in the next three years. Meanwhile area could be reached by private plane (no comme r cial flights avail a ble) or by river. FEALC has proved to be an important partner in the dec ision of getting the approval of the pr o ject. Two expeditions from FEALC were arranged with very positive results for the region and the caving groups in Paraguay. The last one in July August 2011 certainly gets the push needed for this approval. Congress represen t atives, senators, the Minister of Env i ronment and local a uthorities get together with cavers, local scientist, students, e m, dis cuss the need of protection, take part of the field tours and see firsthand the exube r ance of the area. They really understand why the cavers were asking for protection. The place where the caves are has been su b jected to local artisan calcite mining for a long period of time. A day of hard working just brings back not more than five dollars to a poor family. It was especially important to deal with 1 http://www.fealc.org/ 2 http://www.mercosur.int/ random mining because the use of explosives to break down the rock poses a real harm to the surroun d ing cave s. An area to do this artisan mining was identified (Cerro Tigre) by government officials from SEAM 3 (Secretara de Ambiente) and eve n tually it is expected that families that depend upon this type of mining get relocated until a pr ogram is developed for re training them on new skills not related to mining. Cerro Tigre is loca t ed in an area that does not harm the caves. It is really worth full the hard work done by l o cals, esp ecially Prof. Griselda Mas from FEPAE and Mrs. Estela Allende from Fund a cin Caver nas de Paraguay: conozco y protejo. This two extraordinary woman encompass a truly amazing effort to make this project a reality for the Par aguayan citizens. Their hands guided a new generation of cavers, sc i entist, adventure guides and general citizens t o understand and love the great resources they have. Another important fact was the involvement of local a uthorities and central government officials in order to unde rstand why the caves and karst zone need to be protected. It was really spectac u lar seein g not one but three airplanes landing on a runway that rarely is used. Reporters, repr esentatives, directors, the minister of the SEAM, Mr. Oscar Rivas and a whole staff avid to learn and to understand accompanied the explorers, scientists and students in this event. They share their exp e rience, their political will and co m promise to get this project done. They really are the ones that finally could make the right dec i sion to jump and finally put their wills into a law. Local and national news coverage was dec i sive in the pr ocess of getting the people to understand the importance of having some source of legal protection to sensitive areas like this one. San Lzaro (Vallem) really needs this help. There is a big tourism indu s try that well managed could pro vide locals means of development and pr o gress. In other words is like taking the bull by the horns. F i nancial development of the community should be managed wisely and is a fundamental a s pect that can centralize the social fulfillment on specific needs. The protection comes with education pr o grams, develo pment of local guides that e x pands the knowledge and raises the love for the natural resources like caves. It means more jobs, more investments (means of transportation, safety, and allotment for r e source s like restaurants, acco m mod ations and goods that will benefit end users and the comm unity). This also means that people who live from artisan mining could have a new chance to get a better and affor dable life. The fact that Paraguay have its first cave a nd karst prote ction law gives the cavers a long lasting reason to keep on 3 http://www.seam.gov.py/ F PARAGUAY: a Law for Cave and Karst Protect ion Efran Mercado UIS Adjunct Secretary (Puerto Rico) President of Federacin Espeleolgica de Amrica Latina y del Caribe (FEALC) emercado@caribe.net


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 22 new expeditions, expl o rations, research, thus sharing this i n formation with colleagues and neighbors that should form the cornerstone to new and be t ter laws that helps in the protect ion of new discoveries and the u n derstanding of the sp e leology like never. Having protecting caves means easing the way for research for new geologist, biologist, archeo l ogist, and anthropol ogist. It also means that so many other scientists and the allotm ent of funds to keep the research hitting the doors of univers i ties and organizations that should bring this to a new era. FEALC does an outstanding job by demo n stra t ing solidar ity with fellow cavers in Par a guay. The team of cavers coming from Hond u ras, C u ba, Argentina, Brazil and Pue rto Rico had the chance to interact not only with local r esources but to be presented to congres s man, represent atives, mayors, ministers and to bring fresh info r mation on how important this project was to the nation. From now on the Paraguayan, being cavers or not, have an excellent tool to manage their caves and their karst areas. The intrinsic force this law comes with is within their cit izens: the ability to know, to teach and to kindly pr o tect those areas that provides a n atural lab for research and an excellent space for enjoy. Paraguay is a proud member of the UIS. So does with FEALC. This means that strong ties tend to work in their best to fulfill the needs of our ca v ers and scientists. This experience could be used to motivate newcomers on the speleology field to develop bigger and more extensive projects and to achieve the r e sponse not only from the citizens but from the government. Certainly we should keep those ties. We should motivate cavers to develop their will t o protect and to make it e x tensive to other countries. We should be, as sta t ed by a good friend: be one with the Efran M ERCADO U IS Adjunct Secretary FEALC President


23 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) Bernard Urbain was born on Novemb er 25 195 2 in J emappes and passed away July 31 2011 in Namur (Be lgium) at the age of 58. I beli eve that fundamentally Bernard would not h ave liked this title: tribute! He would have said to us: "I do not need all of this". From the age of 15 Bernard had a passion for caving and his activities led him first to the caves of Be l gium. Besides, w ith his cavin g club in Belgium he pa r ti ci pa t ed in multiple expeditions in France (since 1969): Pierre St Ma r tin, Lo nn Pe y ret, the Reseau Trombe, gouffre Be r ger etc. the list is long. H e also participated in exploring the system of Piaggia Be l la in Mar guareis in Italy In 1971 he followed his n on military national service in the Disaster and E mergency S ervices of Belgium. It is t hrough this o p portunity that he gets acquainted to the cave rescue o r ganiza tion. He becomes, in 1973 a team me m ber of the cave rescue team. The s ame year he me t speleo re s c u er s in Brussels, managed by Dimitri de Mart i noff and Andr Slagmolen... He joins then the N amur se c tion of cave re scue. At that time, he invested a lot in the administrative ca v ing, this thankless activit y in the service of the whole commun ity. He was in charge of the secretarial department of his caving Club, and administrator on the Committee of Preservation of Caves (from 1979 till 1983), and admini strator on the Be l gian Committee of Caving (from 1978 t ill 1984) I n the early 19 80s, three Belgian federations (FSB, CBS and FNSA) negotiate d for a long time their m erge and the cre a tion of the Union Belg e de Speleolog ie (UBS) which becomes a reality at the end of 1984. Bernard Urbain was the first D i re c tor of the UBS ( from 1989 till 2004 ) Ge neral Secr e tary ( from 1989 till 1995 and from 2003 till 2004 ) Vice When in 2004, he leaves the Secretariat and the Board of directors of the UBS, it is not to go away from the fed eral management, but to r emain ac t ive with a volu n teer's st a tus He became Admi n istrative Director with the preca ri ous mi s sion to install the UBS in Namur. Bernard was also Se c r e tary of the European Speleologist Fe d eration from 1990 till 1992. Since 1984, he was the t echnical adviser in cave rescue, at first CTA (assistant), then (National) CTN from 1996. In this time, he appreciated the trainings which were made b e tween friends, besides the official exercises. With Grald Fanuel they f orm ed an eff icient team at the head of the cave rescue which was his little baby He put in it all his e fforts as much in the organ i zation as in the ope r a tions. B ernard kept on f ighting for the value s of the Belgian cave loca l ly and internationally His enthusiasm helped him a lot. On the occasion of 7 th international cave rescue congress t hat was held in Cividale ( Italy 1987 ) Bernard joined the e x e cu tive committee of the cave rescue commission of the Union International of Speleology. During this co n gress, he was marked by the cave rescue exercise which took place u nderground with the cooperation of all the cavers. He had very precise images of the passages of the stretcher in the pits and the commitment of the Ita l ian cavers to go at the end of the operation. In 1992 he organizes the Europ ean co n gress of Hlecine in Belgium. In 2002 he organizes the 50 years anniversary of the Be lgian sp e l e o lo gist s in Sart Tilman near Lige ; with his help Be l gian help 14 fo r eign del e g a tions could attend this eve nt For him the cave rescue is serious but it does not take itself seriously Thus the Belgian cave rescue shirt he put in the back, a dr awing showing a stretcher held by two cavers jokers who turn back and go their separate ways His name is forever inscribed on the Honour Roll of a club and a federation as Honorary Secretary General of the Namur Society of Speleology and Honorary Membe r of the Belgian Union of Speleology Beyond these titles he will remain for those who a pproached him a n unusual caver active and devoted to the cause which is common to all of us B ernard was intern atio n a l ly known and appreciated This is how we became friends, c ontributors to the cause of ca v ing We knew that the fight against the disease was un e ven and all our attention and our efforts were going to s upport him as long as possible : Live b e cause you expect som e thing from us Live to co ncentrate on essential things b e yond all triv ia parasites of our world. From projects to achievements we have gone a serious long way with Bernard TRIBUTE TO BERNARD URBAIN (1952 2011) By Christian Dodel in (UIS, Vice President of Operations )


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 24 The first meeting that I remember took place in the Jura (France) at the rescue at Bief Goudard in summer 1998. Bernard, then Technical Advisor of the Belgian National Cav e Rescue c ame with some other Belgian cavers du r ing the search conducted in the siphon to find Fre d dy Sonck. From that time we m et every year a t the national gat h e r ings of the French Federation of Spel e ology Bernard had a thorough knowledge of people and intern ational structures and my first steps in this area have been guided by his advice. From 2006 we became inseparable and in regular co n tacts. W e we re b ot h occupied in at te nd in g an d o rg an iz in g inte rn a tio n al se m i nars co n fe r ences commission m ee ti ng s, s up por t fo r th e Inte r n a tional Union of Sp e leo lo gy ( in Greece, Te x as, Pue r to Rico e tc . ) M eanwhile our round trips b e tween Be l gium and S a voy (France) b e came co mmon. W hen I hope d to contribute in the field of knowledge of bats with Belgian cavers Bernard organize d outings t o t he remarkable cavities of Belgium with the relev a nt scientists of the cou n try. When the disease impede d his physical performance Be rnard launched into the pic ture with underground shots of a rare definition. His contribution in this area became ou tstanding and br ought in his view of the activities we co nduct ed F i na l ly, we have used and abused his phone nu mber SOS co m puter to find the right solutions of our co mputers m a l fun c tion or our ign o rance in this area. In the end, we support ed each other from project to project t hrough a few moments of life. Bernard found archives at home of Andre Slagmolen which had preceded us in the field of international cave rescue Thus he was able to make power point in assembling a history of the Intern ational Commi s sion of Speleology I was hoping he presents hi m self at the 12th Conference of the UIS Cave Rescue Co m mi s sion in Bulgaria ( May 2011 ) but he did not h ave th e strength to make the trip. It is with some em o tion that I presented the history of the co m mission o n his behalf For several months, methodically he kept on distributing to one or the other folders or boxes to conti n ue caving activities He knew he was going away, so he wanted to take this last o p portun i ty to organize his departure He co n si d ered himself lucky to be able to prepare for his own death. On our side, friends, fam i ly, cavers we did ev e r ything to delay the deadline. I got from him the archive of cave re s cue int ern a tional part of his colle c tion of stickers cave (prob a bly the most exte n sive in the world) on the theme of re s cue. I still have in front of the cards he had printed for this purpose to e x tend its ne t work. He wrote enter into the legend ..." More than into legend Bernard was an major actor of ca v ing and we were aware that he was inside in the heart of the history of caving. Beyond the time w e shared with him on all continents, on and inside the karst, taking turns sharing experiences and knowledge remains a journey and refl ection s on the mea ning of life and that of death Be r nard had p re arranged his depa r ture ceremony I t was of exceptional intensity and those w ho attend e d will not forget it. As for this damned disease has been able to sa y several times Goodbye, I keep still as the landscapes and places where I am the opportunity to tell us goodbye Christian Dodelin September 22, 2011. Thank you to his friends Belgian cavers and their contrib ution : Richard Grebeude, Benoit Lebea u, Grald Fanuel, Jean Marc Mattlet. Bernard Urbain in 1989


25 UIS Bull etin vol. 54 Nr 1 & 2 (201 1 ) President Andrew James EAVIS (United Kingdom ) Vice President of Operation s Christian DODELIN (France) Vice President of Administration George VENI (United States of America) Secret ary General Fadi NADER (Lebanon) Adjunct Secretaries Giovanni BADINO (Italy) Jean Pierre BARTHOLEYNS (Belgium) Alexander KLIMCHOUK (Ukraine) Stein Erik LAURITZEN (Norway) Efrain MERCADO (Puerto Rico) Paul WILLIAMS (New Zealand) Kyung Sik WOO (Korea) Nadj a ZUPAN HAJNA (Slovenia) UIS Past Presidents Arrigo A. CIGNA (Italy) Derek C. FORD (Canada) Paolo FORTI (Italy) Julia Mary JAMES (Australia) Jose Ayrton LABEGALINI (Brazil) Adolfo ERASO ROMERO (Spain) Hubert TRIMMEL (Austria) UIS Honorary Members Maurice AUDTAT (Switzerland) Reno BERNASCONI (Switzerland) Pavel BOSK (Czech Republic) Arrigo A. CIGNA (Italy) Paolo FORTI (Italy) Julia Mary JAMES (Australia) Adolfo ERASO ROMERO (Spain) Hubert TRIMMEL (Austria) Re fer to the UIS official website ( www.uis speleo.org ) For any inconsistencies, mistake or information change of National Delegates, contact the webmaster. UIS Bureau 2009 2013 National Delegates and Subsitutes


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 26 The Commissions and Working Groups are where the actual speleological work is done. Anyone who wants to contribute is invited to collaborate in the work of a commission under the co ordination of its President(s) UIS domain: http://www.uis speleo.org http://rubens.its.unimelb.edu.au/~pgm/uis/comms .ht ml Departments: Protection and Management. Research Documentation Exploration Education Advisory Committee Department of Protection and Management. Dpartement de la Protection. President: Jean Pierre BARTHOLEYNS, Be lgium COMMISSION ON PROTECTION MANAGEMENT AND TOURISM IN CAVES AND KARST REGIONS COMMISSION POUR LA PROTECTION, LEXPLOITATION ET LE TOURISME DES CAVITS ET DES R GIONS KARSTIQUES President: Jean Pierre BARTHOLEYNS, Be lgium Department of Research Dpartement de la Recherche Scientif ique COMMISSION ON BIOLOGY COMMISSION DE BIOLOGIE President: Dr. John HOLSINGER USA Secretary: Dr. Jill YAGER, USA Treasurer: Dr. Oana MOLDOVAN, Romania COMMISSION ON MICROBIOLOGY AND GEOMICROBIOLOGY COMMISSION DE MICROBIOLOGIE ET GEOMICROBIOLOGIE Pres idents: Dr. Hazel BARTON, USA; and Dr. Juan GONZALEZ, Spain Secretar y : Dr. Juan GIARRIZO, Spain COMMISSION ON PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY AND HYDROGEOLOGY OF KARST COMMISSION DE LA PHYSICO CHIMIE ET DE L'HYDROGOLOGIE DU KARST President: Dr. Yavor Y. SHOPOV, Bulga ria COMMISSION ON PALEOKARST AND SPELEOCHRONOLOGY COMMISSION DU PALOKARST ET DE LA SPLOCHRONOLOGIE. President: Dr. Stein Erik LAURITZEN, Norway COMMISSION ON GLACIER FIRN, AND ICE CAVES CO MMISSION DES GROTTES EN GLACIR S GLACIRS, ET NV Presi dent: Adolfo ERASO ROMERO, Spain WORKING GROUP ON ICE IN CAVES GROUPE DE TRAVAIL SUR LA GLACE DANS LES GROTTES President: Aurel P ERSOIU USA COMMISSION ON VOLCANIC CAVES COM MISSION DES GROTTES VOLCANIQUES President: Jan Paul van der PAS, Netherlands WORKING GROUP ON HYDROTHERMAL KARST GROUPE DE TRAVAIL: KARST HYDROTHERMALE President: Yuri Viktorovich DUBLYANSKY, Ru ssia COMMISSION ON KARST HYDROGEOLOGY AND SPELEOGENESIS HYDROGLOLOGIE KARSTIQUE ET LA SPLEOGENESE President: Dr. Al exander KLIMCHOUK, Ukraine COMMISSION ON CAVE MINERALOGY COMMISSION POUR LA MINRALOGIE DANS LES GROTTES President: Dr. Bogdan Onac USA epublic President: Jan URBAN Poland Secretary: Ludovit GAAL Slovakia COMMISSION ON ARCHEOLOGY AND PALEONTOLOGY IN CAVES COMMISSION POUR L'ARCHOLOGIE ET LA PALONTOLOGIE DANS LES GROTTES Presidents: Roman HAPKA, Switzerland; David HUBBARD, USA PERMANENT COMMISSION ON SPELEOTHERAPY COMMISSION PERMANENTE DE SPLOTHERAPIE Honorary President: Beata SANDRI, Austria President: Dr. Pavel SLAVK Vice Presidents: Dr. Jaroslav CHONKA, Ukraine; Dr. Iuri SIMIONCA, Romania ; Dr. Rudolf PAVUZA, Austria Secretary: Jitka SUCHNKOV, Czech Republic Bibliography: epublic UIS Departments, Commissions, and Working Groups


27 UIS Bulletin vol. 52, Nr 2 (2010 ) COMMISSION ON ARTIFICIAL CAVITIES COMMISSION DES CAVITS ARTIFICIELLES New officers are being elected. Contact Mario Parise for more information at m.parise@ba.irpi.cnr. it Department of Documentation Departement de la documentation COMMISSION OF BIBLIOGRAPHY COMMISSION COMMISSION DE LA BIBLIOGRAPHIE President: Patrick DERIAZ, Switzerland COMMISSION ON LONGEST AND DEEPEST CAVES COMMISSION DES GRANDES CAVITS Preside nt : Aitana TAMAYO Spain Secretary: Pat KAMBESIS, USA COMMISSION ATLAS OF KARST REGIONS COMMISSION POUR L'ATLAS DES RGIONS KARSTIQUES President: Dr. Karl Heinz PFEFFER, Germany INFORMATICS COMMISSION COMMISSION POUR L'INFORMATIQUE President: Peter MATTHEW S, Australia WORKING GROUP: SURVEY AND MAPPING GROUPE DE TRAVAIL: TOPOGRAPHIE ET DESSIN President: Philipp HUSELMANN, Swi tzerland COMMISSION ON HISTORY OF SPELEOLOGY COMMISSION POUR L'HISTOIRE DE LA SPLOLOGIE President: Karl MAIS, Austria COMMISSION ON ARTS AND LETTERS COMMISSION DES ARTS ET LETTRES President: Ian CHANDLER, Spain Secretary: Lois MANNO, USA Treasurer: Asa LINNMAN, Sweden Department of Exploration Departement de l'exploration COMMISSION OF CAVE RESCUE COMMISSION DE SPLO SECOUR Pr esident: Christian DODELIN, France TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION COMMISSION D U DEVELOPPEMENT DU MATRIEL ET TECHNIQUES President: vacant CAVE DIVING COMMISSION COMMISSION DE LA PLONGE SOUTERRAINE President: Phillippe BRUNET, France D epartment of Education and Teaching Departement de l'Enseignement splologique President: Marcel MEYSSONIER, France COMMISSION OF SPELEOLOGICAL EDUCATION COMMISSION DE L'ENSEIGNEMENT SPLOLOGIQUE President: Marcel MEYSSONNIER, France ADVISORY COMMITT EE COMIT CONSULTATIF Members (alphabetic order): Dr. Pavel BOSAK, Czech Republic Dr. Arrigo A. CIGNA, Italy Dr. Julia JAMES, Australia Friedrich OEDL, Austria Dr. Hubert TRIMMEL, Austria UIS Addresses Addresses of members and honorary members of the UIS Bureau and Presidents of the UIS Commissions and Wor k ing Groups. Refer to the UIS official website ( www.uis speleo.org ) For any inconsistencies, mistake s or information change s of National Delegates, contact the webmaster.


UIS Bulletin v ol. 54, Nr 1 & 2 (2011 ) 28 ANNUAL CONTRIBUTIONS The UIS General Assembly at the 15 th ICS decided to change the annual contributions of the UIS member countries to Euro currency, while keeping the same rates as those since 1994. T he annual contributions will be as follows starting from January 2010 : Category A 300 Euros Category B 200 Euros Category C 50 Euros Each UIS member country has the free choice of the categ ory in accordance with its own financial possibilities and with the number of speleologists or speleological societies/ associations/ federations/ clubs/ institutions The UIS Bureau is authorized to reduce or to remit the contributions, if the UIS member country makes a respectively written demand. If the UIS Bureau requires, the UIS member country has to give reasons for the difficulties of a payment. The authorization of the UIS Bureau to reduce or remit the contributions confirms that the impossibility of a payment by actual political problems or difficulties will not be an argument to exclude any member country from the international collaboration within the structure of the UIS. UIS Bank Account Account name UIS Titov trg 2 6230 Postojna Slovenia Bank (name and address) Banka Koper d.d. 6230 Postojna Slovenia Account No. IBAN SI56 1010 0003 7861 520 SWIFT Code: BAKOSI2X Accepted Currencies: USD (United States Dollars) EUR (Euros) SIT (Slovenian tollars) Contributions and Bank Account s


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