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1 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) BULLETIN Union Internationale de Sp l ologie 2010 volume 5 3 number s 1 & 2 Edited in January 2012 CONTENTS Message from the Secretary General ................................ ................................ .. 2 Minutes of the 2010 Annual UIS Bureau Meeting ................................ ................ 3 Report on the 11 th Internationa l Symposium on Ps eudokarst ............................ 12 Splo Secours: 3i me Rencontre des pays des karsts alpins ......................... 16 Argentina: la UIS acompaa a la Red de reas Protegidas Espeleolgicas ...... 2 2 UIS Bureau 2009 2013 ................................ ................................ ................... 26 National Delegates and Substitutes ................................ ................................ .. 26 UIS Departments, Comm issions, and Working Groups ................................ ..... 27 Con tributions and Bank Account ................................ ................................ ....... 29 Editor in Chief: Fadi Nade r (UIS, Secretary General )


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 2 One year after t he 15 th I CS Kerrville ( Te x as USA), and the M ESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY GENERAL Meeting in Po stojna in January 2010. The 15 th International Congress of Speleo logy ( Kerrville Texas) was a big su c cess with about 1, 500 registered partici pants from more than 5 0 different coun tries Nee d less to say, this event marked the year 2009 and will leav e many beautiful mem ories for a lot of people. As for the UIS, the success achi eved in Kerrville extend ed well through the year 2010. First, substantial funds fed into the UIS a ccount thanks to the orga n izers of the 15 th ICS and those who have supported a ll of the initiatives and donations for our organiz ation. This encouraged the Pre s ident of UIS, Andy Eavis, to propose a small committee meeting in Postojna (January 2010) in order to deal with financial issues. The year 2010 marked several centenaries of caving soci eties and organiz a tions ( e.g. the Hungarian Society and Dachstein karstic park). The Annual Bureau meeting for 2010 was held in Postojna (Slovenia) in conjunction with the 18 th Karst School organized by the Slo v e nian Karst Research Institute Just before the meeting, a delegation of UIS B ureau members travelled to Dachstein (Au stria) to be generously received by the Au strian Spele o logical Society and Prof. Hubert Trimmel. These events indicate clearly to the UIS B ureau members that much work s till lies ahead and that our international caving community deserves that we pr o vide the best in order to secure the future of speleo logy and the success of our U n ion. The year 2010 also witnessed the ser i ous start of the procedure that would ultimately bring UIS toward s formal recognition by UNESCO as an Associate Me m ber of the International Council for Sci entific Unions ( ICSU ) 2010 was a lso the first year of preparation for our next International Congress of Sp eleology (Brno, Czech R epublic) by the Cz ech Spele o logical Society. So all I can still add in this foreword is to invite you all, cavers and cave scientists of the world to start organi z ing and planning your trip to attend our next Congress in the heart of E urope in 2013.


3 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) June 13, 2 010 1) Opening speech of the UIS President / Approval of Agenda Andy Eavis thanked all participants for coming to Postojna and praised the almost complete turnout for the 2010 ann ual bureau meeting. He informed the Bureau that Kyung Sik Woo has apologized for not being able to attend Andy Eavis thanked Nadja Zupan Hajna and the SAZU Karst Research Institute for hosting the Bureau meeting. He we l 16 th ICS organizing committee and attended the meeting. The Agenda of the meeting was then approved by the B ureau members present 2) Approval of Minutes from Regular Sessions in 2009 (Kerrville, Texas USA) Andy Eavis proposed a motion to accept the minutes of the preceding meeting that was held in Kerrville ( Texas, USA) in 2009. Fadi N ader seconded this motion and it was passed 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. Interim UIS Bureau Executive meetings (Paris and Pos t ojna, Slovenia 3 to 6 December, 2008); Andy Eavis informed the Bureau about two executive mee t ings that were held in Postojna (Slov enia) and in Paris i n volving the President, VPs (George Veni via Skype), the General Secretary and Nadja Zupan Hajna (Adjunct Secr etary/Acting Treasurer) between the congress in Kerrville and this Bureau meeting. These meetings had specific objectives rela ted to the financial status of the UIS and needed the B u Andy Eavis asked the Bureau members if they agree on having such executive meetings in order to improve t he reactivity of the Bureau so that it can deal efficiently with ce r tain pending issues. Paul Williams said that these types of meetings are indeed a good idea and the remaining members agreed as well. b. Hungary Meeting (+ FSE Bureau meeting); Christian Dodelin who was present at this meeting and represented the UIS Bureau at the FSE Bureau meeting had previously submitted a full report (in French) concerning these events. He verbally reported that during the FSE Bureau meeting two main points were discussed in rel evance to UIS: (1) Database for International Expeditions (proposed as a joint UIS/FSE project by Manuel Freire); and (2) International Speleo Competition proposed by Juan Carlos Lopez Casas which did not get a successful rea ction as it was said that in Europe only four countries would be interested in such activities. Christian Dodelin also reported that 15 countries from the European Union were present at the General Assembly (with about 50 persons). c. Dachstein Centenary and the 4 th Ice Cave Workshop (8 11 June 2010; Obertaun Austria); George Veni attended the 4 th International Ice Cave Wor kshop and made a verbal report. Andy Eavis, Christian Dodelin, Efrain Mercado, Fadi Na der, George Veni, Nadja Zupan Hajna, Stein Erik Lauritzen, Arr i go Cigna, Hubert Trimmel and Jose Ayrton Labegalini attend ed the Dachstein Centenary, which was very well organized. Hubert Trimmel had kindly undertaken all the organization to invite members of the UIS Bureau and past pre s idents. d. Iran (14 15 February 2010; Tehran); Nadja Zupan Hajna represented the UIS at a conference in Tehran (Iran). She presented the UIS to the audience and invited the Iranian karst scientists and speleol o gists to become part of the UIS. 4) Organization updates concerning the 16th ICS Brno 2013 (Zden 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 sin ce the previous ICS in Kerrville (J u ly, 2009) and projects the future perspectives. During a first step and right after the 15 th ICS, the organi zers of the 16 th ICS started by informing Czech cavers and building up motivation. The second step consisted of se tting up the 16 th ICS Organizing Committee, which is a legal independent association with Pavel Bosak as Pres ident and President (among other very well known Czech cavers on board). Thus, a corp orate body (unattached to the Czech Speleological Society) (including some prominent business men) is es tablished in order to enjoy flexibility and efficiency, especially with respect to financial matters. The first budget was subs equently pr o posed and work is still under way In addition, the website has been finalized (after review of the En g lish by George Veni) and will be published online by the end of June 2010. Mr. Minutes of UIS Bureau Annual Meeting June 12 13, 2010 Karst Research Institute of Slovenia Postojna (SLOVENIA)


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 4 dates of the 16 th ICS have been defined. The congress will take place in Brno from the 21 st to the 28 th of July 2013. the next steps programmed for the upcoming period. These included: a. Completing the Organizing Committee (meeting every 3 or 4 months) b. Building up relationships with public e stablishments c. Website launch and first circular (mai ling of hardcopy with option for receipt of further circulars exc lusively in ele ctronic form) d. Budget construction and negotiating fu rther support (more precise budget) e. Important Dates: i. January 2011: call for excu rsions ii. April 2011 (see below): meeting of Organizing Committee with UIS Bureau iii. July 2011: publication of the First Circular 5) UIS Bureau 2011 meeting in the Czech Republic) upcoming UIS Bureau meeting in 2011, which is supposed to be the Czech Republic (host of the 16 th ICS in 2013) 2 years after the upcoming Bureau meeting. The fact that no important scientific symposia or meetings in the Czech Republic are scheduled for 2011 was also discussed and o rients the proposed options. Option 1: Meeting coinciding with the annual convention of the Czech Speleology Society. Arrival on the 14 th of April in Brno, then attending the convention (April 16) and lea v ing on the 17 th of April. Option 2: (Extended Option 1) Meeting combined with the convention of the Czech Speleology Society. Arrival on the 13 th of April (UIS Bureau meeting in Brno on 14 th afte rnoon and the 15 th of April), checking facilities in Brno and then joining the convention on the 16 th followed by excu rsions to caves until the 18 th of April. Departure on the 19 th of April. Op tion 3: Arrange the UIS Bureau meeting together with the 16 th ICS Organization Committee on another date with no combined speleo events. Mr. that they will be invited (free of charge) to this upcoming meeting. The organizing committee will fund the airport pick up, hotel accommodation, dinners and fees for co nvention. DECISION 1: The upcoming annu al UIS Bureau mee ting will take place on Thursday 14 th (afternoon) and Friday 15 th of April 2011, in Brno (Czech Republic). The Bureau will visit the facilities for the 16 th ICS b efore the meeting (13 th and morning of 14 th April 2011). The meeting will be combined with the Czech Spel eoForum (15 17 April, 2011). Visiting caves will be o rganized on Monday 18 th of April, 2011. 6) ICS Guidelines Updates (George Veni) Following the 15 th ICS (Kerrville, TX USA; 2009), George Veni updated the "Instructions and General Recommend a tions for Organizers of International Congresses of Sp e leology (ICS)" as agreed on during the previous Bureau meeting. The updated version of this document has been reviewed by some other members of the UIS Bureau. DECISION 2: The UIS Bureau approved the changes made on the "Instructions and General Recommend ations for Organizers of International Congres s of Sp eleology (ICS)". 7) Possible conflict with FSE meeting in 2013 Andy Eavis introduced the subject of FSE meetings and poss ible conflict with the upcoming 16 th ICS in 2013. that the FSE is planning a European SpeleoForum in 2013. He reminded the UIS Bureau members that there are still problems between the Czech Speleol ogical Society and the FSE related to the use of "SpeleoForum" for such events, as this title has been used in the Czech Republic for many years before the first European SpeleoForum. Besides, concerns remain for losing participants at the 16 th ICS if anot her major speleo event is planned for the same year. Andy Eavis advised everyone that there will be no Europ ean Congress in 2013 ; the upcoming congress is sche d uled for 2016 (in the UK). However, the FSE organizes ev e ry year a relatively small scale meeti ng (the European Spel eoForum), during which the FSE Bureau and General A ssembly meet. Fadi Nader asked whether the UIS and the organizers of the 16 th ICS could invite the FSE Bureau and General Assembly to convene during the ICS in Brno, and therefore for the year 2013 exceptionally because of the ICS being in E u rope, no European SpeleoForum would be pla n ned DECISION 3: The Bureau offers facilities for the FSE to run its General Assembly and Bureau meeting at Brno in 2013 during the 16 th ICS. ACTION 1 : Fadi Nader (upon the approval of Andy Eavis) will send a letter to FSE to invite them to plan their General Assembly and B u reau meeting for the year 2013 at the 16 th ICS in Brno (Czech Republic). 8) UIS/UNESCO (Fadi Nader) Fadi Nader summarized the ac tual situation concerning the application for membership of the International Council for Sci entific Unions (ICSU) One of the Geobodies of ICSU e x pressed some concerns about having the UIS as a new Associate Member. Paul Williams drafted a letter of reply


5 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) that was co n veyed to ICSU by Fadi Nader and was well received. At this stage and before the next meeting of the Executive Bureau of ICSU (October 2010 deadline for meeting agenda: end of August 2010), contact must be re established in order to push agai n the application of the UIS. ACTION 2: Fadi Nader will contact ICSU (in July 2010) and ask about the status of the UIS application. 9) UIS Code of Ethics (Stein Erik Lauritzen) Stein Erik Lauritzen informed the Bureau about the pr ogress concerning the work on the new version of the UIS Code of Ethics. The document will be ready by September 2010, and published as a working document on the website while waiting to be voted on in the upcoming General A s sembly (during the 16 th ICS, Brno 2013). Meanwhile the delegates will be asked to send in their comments and su g gestions on the working document. The FSE has approved the applicability of the UIS Code of Ethics. ACTION 3: Stein Erik Lauritzen will finalize the wor k ing document of the UIS Code of Ethics by Se ptember 2010. Home of the UIS: The Slovenian Karst Institute SAZU 10) Commission Reports (George Veni) George Veni, VP Administration, reported on the activities of the commissions and working groups. He highlighted the fact that many commissio n presidents were delighted by the fact that they were contacted on the behalf of the Bureau. Still, some other commissions did not respond at all to the continuous emails and requests for information. In the following lines, those commissions that respo nded positively to George or those that are active and with no major problems will not be mentioned. During the mee ting the updates from all commissions and working groups have been discussed, but, here, only those commissions that require attention an d further actions will be presen ted. a. Commission on Techniques Andy Eavis maintained his previous statement that he knows somebody who could be an ideal leader for the Commission on Techniques (who is able to revive this important commission). However, due to many obligations and lack of time this person could not be approached until now. Giovanni Badino proposed to change the title of the Co mmission to "Advances in Caving Techniques" Fadi Nader suggested that Christian Dodelin asks Bernard Tourte ( France) if the latter would be interested to lead this commission. Alexander Klimchouk also proposed that George Veni invites Mark Passerby (USA) if he would be equally inte res t ed in that vacant position. DECISION 4: Both VPs (George Veni and Christian D o delin) will try to find a solution for this commission which will be called ("Advances in Caving Techniques). Both potential candidates (Tourte and Passerby) will be a p proached in order to revive this commission. b. Commissions whose leaders do not resp ond George Veni listed one department and four commissions which never replied to his emails and contacts. These are: Department of Education Commission on Great Caves Commission on Hydrothermal Karst Commission of Cave Diving Commission on History of Spe leology George Veni asked the Bureau members for suggestions on what he could do when the presidents of such commission do not reply to his emails. Fadi Nader expressed his su rprise because he knows that the Department of Education and the Commission of C ave Diving were and still are active! Christian Dodelin suggested that problems in co mmunications may be the reason for the behavior of some co m mission leaders (e.g. Marcel Meyssonnier / Dept. of Educ a tion). Alexander Klimchouk reminded everyone that this problem was always the case and that the rules stated and should be respected that if any commission does not report for two consecutive congresses, it has to be dissolved. Andy Eavis and George Veni expressed their concerns about the long time requir ed for making such decisions (8 years /2 consecutive ICS) and stated that the UIS Bureau has r esponsibilities to keep the commissions active when needed. There must be at least some information on the UIS We bsite featuring the status of the commissions ( "active since...") and the invitation for interested cavers in reviving certain inactive commissions. George Veni suggested to propose a rule or some sort of regulations that allow the UIS Bureau to appoint or ask for appointing other presidents/coordinat ors of commissions when necessary. Fadi Nader agreed on this proposal, but reminded that this should respect the Statutes and the I nternal Regulations of the UIS.


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 6 DECISION 5: Add a mention on the UIS website that i n forms about the status of the commissio n or working group. This could be "last updated XX/XX/XXXX" If the commission is not active, also add a statement invi ting cavers interested in reviving it to contact the VP Admin. ACTION 4: George Veni will check the Sta t utes and the Internal Regulation s of the UIS and propose the needed changes in order to make the commission lea ders more responsive and the commissions active. The UIS Forum will be used to vote and apply changes on the Internal Re g ulations. c. Comments from Adolfo Eraso The last email of Adolfo Eraso concerning the changes requested before the 15 th ICS in Kerrville (2009) is simply due to the fact that Adolfo was not notified about the dec isions taken during the previous UIS Bureau meeting. Fadi Nader apologized about not publishing th e minutes due to some delays in finishing up the Bulletin (they were su pposed to appear in the Bulletin 52 2 in December 2009). Back in Kerrville (2009), the Bureau accepted the motion (proposed by Adolfo Eraso) to merge both groups and proposes the follo wing name for the new commission: d. Commission of Informatics (and website) Fadi Nader reported to the UIS Bureau the difficulties and problems encountered with respect to the website, forum and bulletin. He as ked for help and decisions for actions that are efficient and pragmatic which once applied will make a difference. He noted that for these three items, M a nuel Freire and Peter Matthews did all their best and were always constructive. Still, the website is the link of the UIS to all cavers of the world (including delegates and feder a tions). We cannot afford to have an unattractive and un updated website anymore; It is unacceptable to not have UIS Bulletin published on time; and We cannot function well as a Bureau, without investing in the Forum (this needs the help of each member of the Bureau) Fadi Nader even proposed to pay some professionals to get the website going if needed. Mr. Speleological Society pa i d about 5,000 US Dollars to get a website functional and up to date. While Nadja Zupan Hajna informed the Bureau that the Geological Society of Slovenia hired a student to do the jo b for 500 Euros. Alexander Klimchouk reminded everyone that we need a person who can deal with the technology, design and co ntent. We do not need a webmaster all the time (it is a on etime request); however we shoul d have two persons who can help at any ti me. DECISION 6: UIS Bureau members will use the FORUM for all intra bureau correspondence between meetings and ICSs. ACTION 5: The Secretary General (Fadi Na d er) will write a letter to Peter Matthews and Manuel Freire thanking them for their eno r mous he lp concerning the website and informing them that the UIS Bureau (through the VP Operation, Christian Dodelin) will seek help. They are invited to assist Christian Dodelin in having control over the website. ACTION 6: The VP Operation (Christian D o delin) will take direct responsibility to sort out the website and ge t ting its new version online and active as soon as possible (the Secretary General and President will a ssist him). ACTION 7: George Veni will assist Fadi Nader in providing a template for the Bulletin. e. Any other business related to commissions George Veni also informed the Bureau on several issues related to commissions and working groups: The Commission on Microbiology provided a report and proposed protocols on the recent spread of the W NS half way across the USA. The Ice Cave Workshop meeting in Obertraun (Austria) was excellent and the next one will be in September 2012 in Milan (Italy). The upcoming Pseudokarst Commission Symposium will also take place in September 2012; more informa tion will be soon published in the upcoming UIS Bulletin. George is coordinating the symposium dates with the commissions so that they do not occur at the same time and allow people to attend both. The upcoming Vulcanospeleology Commission Sympos ium will take place this year (2010) in Australia. 11) Finance Update (Nadja Zupan Hajna) Nadja Zupan Hajna informed the Bureau members about the financial status of the UIS as of June 2010. This can be roughly summarized as follows : About 6,297 Euros and 59,0 00 US Dollars (31/5/2010) About 33,243 US Dollars available, as 25000 US Dollars frozen in b ank to get interest (+9 euros/months after the bank charges paid) Nadja informed the Bureau that several "member countries" have no delegates and did not pay fo r many years. These should somehow be taken out of the list of actual member countries. A long discussion followed about the countries which still have debts unpaid. The Bureau consider ed fo r g iv ing such debts or not. The general feeling consis t ed of aski ng for debt payments while having the possibility to cancel them on a case by case, when judged appropriate. DECISION 7: Recommend for the upcoming General


7 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) A s sembly (Brno, 2013) a list of active member countries (dropping those countries that did not pay their fees for the last three consecutive years). ACTION 8: The Treasurer (Nadja Zupan Hajna) is asked to invoice all countries for yearly subscription in July 2010 and those who have still debts are to be invoiced sep a rately for their debts. 12) I nternational Journal of Speleology (George Veni) First, George Veni informed the Bureau that the US N ational Cave and Karst Research Institute ( NCKRI ) Board did not want to publish the IJS because of the small nu mber of subscri p tions. Todd Chavez proposed that the IJS become entirely electronic. The University of South Flor ida (USF) Libraries could take charge of the expenses for ele c tronic services (ca. 5,000 US Dollars) and the paper copy could be printed on demand by means of service companies (such as A m a zon.com). Christian Dodelin had asked the Editors of Karstologia whether they could help in this regard. The answer was positive, yet they did not submit a quotation. Fadi Nader asked if turning into digital publications only would affect the impact fa ctor George Veni reported that the impact factor would not be affected if handled correc tly. Paul Williams believes that we need to m ake a decision and cannot afford to los e time. However the pr o posed ideas are still not at the point to make a decision ( perm anent) we still need a year or so. Arrigo Cigna stated that Jo de Waele did excellent work as editor and the IJS is now a serious scientific publ i cation. However the distribution was non existent. The ele c tronic form cost nothing and still OK. In th e meantime we should find solutions. George Veni informed the Bureau that Todd Chavez said USF is willing to print the Journal for the coming two years, after which it has to become electronic. ACTION 10: George Veni will discuss with USF (Todd Chavez) a co n tract with the UIS concerning the IJS the Journal should r e main the owne d by the UIS. ACTION 11: Fritz Oedl (and the UIS Advisory Co mmittee) will check the contract with USF once ready and will send comments and suggestions to the UIS B u reau. 13) UIS Bureau Workflow Fadi Nader reported about the general workflow of the Bureau and highlighted a few issues that needed to be taken into account for more efficient functioning and co rrespondence. a. UIS Letter heads and business cards Due to an increas e in official letters sent by members of the UIS Bureau, Fadi Nader proposed that all Bureau members use similar letterheads yet they keep their own referen c ing. The same would be for UIS business cards (same design, but printed individually by Bureau memb ers). All letters are to be cc ed to the General Secretary and the President. ACTION 12: Fadi Nader will provide the format of lette r heads to UIS Bureau members downloadable from the UIS Forum. b. UIS Leaflet With respect to the UIS Leaflet (introductio n to the UIS), the Bureau members unanimously decided not to print it anymore, simply because the last printed leaflets did not make any significant impact. c. Jobs for Adjunct Secretaries Fadi Nader reminded everyone that during the first meeting of the current Bureau (in Kerrville 2010, after the second General Assembly of the 15 th ICS), there was an agreement that the Adjunct Secretaries would help with the regional cover and links with national delegates and organizations. Thus, Jean Pierre Bartholeyns would take care of the E uropean countries and region; Efrain Mercado Latin Amer ica; Kyung Sik Woo, the Asian countries; Paul Williams, Australasia; Fadi Nader, Middle East and Africa; and George Veni, North America. George Veni also reminded everyone tha t Nadja Zupan Hajna is taking care of the Finance and acting Treasurer; that Stein Erik Lauritzen is in charge of the Code of Ethics; and Paul Williams makes the liaison with IUCN. George Veni also suggested some other tasks for Adjunct Secretaries. These are: Fund Raising: Somebody has to search for means of increasing the financial assets of the UIS. Books and other Prizes: to keep track of public ations and be ready to recommend prizes to the UIS Bureau prior to the ICSs. Awards for Service to Speleology and the UIS: (see below; item #14). Recruit new Member Countries: help new ca ndidates countries to join the UIS. Recruiting proposals for future ICSs (17 th ICS). Develop special UIS Expeditions or projects: to organize international UIS expeditions and pr ojects to promote speleology and the UIS on the i nternational level. Assist and help VPs: Vice Presidents may also need helping hands; adjunct secretaries are invi t ed to help and assist them. DECISION 8: Efrain Mercado proposes himself to help in recruiti ng new candidate member countries of the UIS. DECISION 9: Giovanni Badino will take in charge the task to develop special UIS expeditions and/or projects.


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 8 DECISION 10: Alexander Klimchouk proposes to help George Veni (VP Administration with the commissio ns. 14) UIS Honorary Members While Article 14 of the Internal Regulations states that the Bureau can propose persons to be Honorary members voted by the General Assembly, Paul Williams suggested that the Bureau could grant fellowships in recognition of o utstanding speleological achievements (both sport/exploration and scientific). He proposed to impl ement in the Internal Regulations a statement enabling the Bureau to give an aw ard called "fellowships and consis ting for example of a lifetime registration to ICSs. The way the fellowship is granted was discussed. The idea is to receive, at least one year before the ICS, CVs and suggested referees. The Bureau will select its own referee. Then the selection of no more than four fellows will be made at the Bu reau meeting just before ICS. At the ope ning meeting of the following ICS the President gives the awards (certificates). Paul Williams stressed the fact that this is a very special humbling award that has to be done with great deal of co n fidentiality. AC TION 13: Paul Williams will draft the text concer ning the proposal of fellowship for the next UIS Bureau mee t ing. 15 ) UIS Internal Regulations/ Statutes/ Legislations Fadi Nader went over the current status of the Internal Regulations (IR), Statutes and Legislations, pointing out that he was very happy to have met Fritz Oedl in Austria just a few days before the meeting. He also pointed out that during the last Bureau meeting and as the representatives of the FSE were present, a motion was proposed to loo k into the Statutes and IR and to find a way to better repr esent the regional bodies (FEALC, FSE, etc.). He asked the Bureau to discuss this issue and to find solutions. Thus, a long discussion took place about the represent a tion of regional bodies (such as FEALC, FSE, BSU) at the UIS Bureau meetings. DECISION 11: Representatives of the Regional bodies are considered as non voting invited guests at the UIS Bureau meetings. ACTION 14: George Veni will review items 14, 17 and 20 of the current Internal Reg ulations and post them for discussion and voting on the Forum. 16 ) Running Projects a. UIS Book (J. A. Labegalini) Just a week ago, as Jose Ayrton Labegalini and other members of the Bureau attended the centenary of Dachstein, Trimmel had given Jose Ayrt on the remaining information needed for the UIS Book. The planned sche dule is as follows: 2011: Text finished before the next Bureau meeting 2012: Editing, Review and Design 2013: Printing (before the upcoming 16 th ICS, Brno Czech Republic) ACTION 15: J. A. Labegalini will prepare the draft text of the UIS Book for the next UIS B u reau meeting in 2011. b. International Speleological Expedition to Iran (ISEI) Fadi Nader informed the Bureau members about the post expedition impacts and results in Iran (more than six n ational meetings; several expeditions; mapping of several caves; etc.). He also highlighted the fact that the Iranian cavers attended also cave rescue and advanced training in Lebanon by the Speleo Club du Liban in 2009. In addition, they are about to finalize the legislation of a national Iran ian S peleological F ederation. Fadi Nader expressed his sa t isfaction and pride that the ISEI has contributed to all this achievements. The expedition and post expedition rep orts are going to be published in a book and this is still in progress. Besides, the Iranian cavers have asked Fadi Nader and George Veni whether the UIS Bureau can visit Iran and have its annual meeting there in 2012. Fadi Nader e xplained that only if th e Iranian Cavers succeed in officially establishing a national speleological federation and secur ity conditions permitting, a UIS Bureau meeting in Iran could be discussed. 17 ) New/Prospective Member Countries a. Philippines The contact person is Denise Matias. No further news since the last ICS (Kerrville, 2009). Most probably, Fadi Nader will meet Denise in the fall 2010. The general agreement of the UIS Bureau is to wait and see if any pr ogress will be made on this front. b. Malaysia The fees of Malay sia were paid for the years 1986 to 1988 and 1996 to 1998. Malaysia is already a member country of the UIS. We received a letter from Hymer requesting to become a Member Country! ACTION 16: Fadi Nader will write a letter to Hymer to ask if they can consid er themselves representatives of Malaysia. Fadi Nader will also highlight the job d escription of national delegates, who should be habilita ted to repr e sent all cavers of his/her country (Statutes). c. Iran First the Iranian cavers have to succeed in estab lishing an official federation (see above). d. Honduras ACTION 17: Fadi Nader will write a letter to ask if they can consider themselves representatives of Hond uras and assume the job description of national del e-


9 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) gates, who should be habil i tated to represe nt all cavers of his/her country (Statutes). 18 ) Proposed Projects/Ideas a. International Expeditions Database UIS/FSE The project proposed by Manuel Freire (since Kerrville 2009), has been discussed again during this meeting. Back in Kerrville, the Bu reau welcomed the initiative of Manuel and this FSE/UIS joint project and encouraged Manuel to start preparing the project. While Manuel was supposed to be present at this UIS B ureau meeting in order to discuss this project among others, due to health pro blems he could not make it and the B ureau did not have any document presenting the di s cussed project. ACTION 18: Fadi Nader will write a letter to ask the FSE Bureau to send documents (Agreement) on Item 18 on the minutes of the last FSE General Assembly (B udapest, 2010). b. International Speleo Competitions Juan Carlos Lopez Casas Fadi Nader met with Juan Carlos Lopez in Oct o ber 2009 in Madrid, explained the ideas behind this project. Unfort unately, Juan Carlos also could not make it to the UIS B ureau meeting in order to present his project. The idea is to organize international speleo competitions (outside; not in caves) under the auspices of the UIS. Ha ving in mind that many cavers are more keen for the sport activities rather than scientific or cult ural, and when we realize that many national federations are under Sport and Youth Ministries (they are expected to organize sport competitions to earn their yearly budget), this proposal becomes rational as long as it is well organized and ce rtai n ly outdo or (never in caves). The UIS Bureau took a long time and below are some of the ideas: Stein Erik Lauritzen: As long as it is not in cave, follo wing the Code of Ethics, and not focused on speed, it is OK for me. Caves are like museum and the attitude outside and inside caves should be well maintained in the spirit of the Code of Ethics Alexander Klimchouk: We should not support (on the international level) such activities /we had bad exper i ence. We can create a whole new line of speleology not assoc iated to explorations. On the co ntr ar y, at club level comp etitions are justified (training purposes). Some sp e cific cases cannot be over generalized; this will open possibil ities for precedents. Fadi Nader: We should look at this issue with a dif ferent angle. The majority of cavers are sport cavers and we are responsible for them too. We should guide Speleo Competitions to safe guard the ethics and conservation issues. Let us not enlarge the gap between the UIS and the mass of sport cavers. Georg e Veni: In our ICS guidelines we include compet itions so why should we do it and not others? Christian Dodelin: Juan Carlos told me about the pr oposed "well organized" competitions by the Spanish Fe deration. Such activities take a lot of work and are very well done. Arrigo Cigna : I agree personally with Alexander, neve rtheless since the world is changing we should keep an eye on this development. Andy Eavis: Provided that cavers do not damage the caves there are no problems. We should not oppose but keep some time for decision. I propose to write a paper about this issue. Paul Williams asked Andy to include in his paper serious/ clear proposals that we can vote on and lead us step by step... ACTION 19: Andy Eavis will write a paper with the cons and pro s of Speleological Competitions (by the end of 2010), that will serve as a ser i ous/clear proposal to be voted on by the UIS Bureau. c. Others Fadi Nader informed the Bureau that the working Group on Ice Caves is preparing a book and may need soon a dvice a nd support of the UIS. Fadi Nader and George Veni will contact Aurel Persiou (president of the g roup) and keep the UIS Bureau i n formed of the progress of this project. 1 9 ) Future Meetings and Events a. FEALC Congress (Cuba) 4 to 8 August 2010 Efrain M ercado, George Veni, and maybe Andy Eavis will attend this event and represent the UIS. b. ISCA Congress (Slovakia) 20 to 24 October 2010 David Summers, who could not attend this UIS Bureau meeting, conveyed his greetings to the Bureau through Arrigo Ci gna. Andy Eavis, Giovanni Badino, and Arrigo Cigna will be present at this event. Pavel Bosak and Stein Erik Lauritzen may as well join. c. 1 st Croatian Speleo Congress (Croatia) 24 to 27 N ovember 2010 Christian Dodelin, Fadi Nader, and Jean Pierre Bar th oleyns (and probably Stein Erik Lauritzen) will join this meeting. d. VMR Symposium (Belgium) Sept/Oct 2011 Fadi Nader introduced this upcoming event to the Bureau and the official request for support from UIS. e. Others


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 10 Biospeleology Conference (Sl ov e nia 29 Aug. 3 Se p tember; Postojna) Vulcanospeleology Symposium (Australia, 2010) 12th M ultidisciplinary C onference on S inkholes (January 10 14, 2011 USA) MESS III (Lebanon/Syria; Sept/Oct 2011) Middle East Speleology Symposium 12th Cave Rescue Conferen ce Bulgaria (8 to 15 May 2011) Granit caves (Sweden) 1 to 8 June 2011? 3 rd International Conference on Karst Hydrogeology and Ecosystems (Kentucky, 8 10 June 2011) 4 days fieldtrip pre conference 19th Karst School (Slovenia) /Karst underground Protection 20 25 June 2011 Climate Change: the Karst Record 6 (27 29 June 2011?) speleothems /Birmingham, UK pre and post conference fieldtrips 31 st Brazilian congress (July 2011) Iran meeting 2012 20 ) Conservation Issues a. China/Philippines Paul Williams has drafted a letter to be sent to the author ities in China and another one to be sent to the Philippines. Fadi Nader will send the letters. Complications: In China, this issue has to be dealt with at the le vel of provinces. Better to send the letter to the Karst Institute of China and request to be sent to the Ministry. Sales of speleothems do not mean that they are vandalizing caves. The speleothems could be co llected during construction of highways, leveling, and/or major constructions work. Fadi Nader suggested that the UIS should keep pressure on countries to make laws banning the import (as well as e xport) of speleothems; this could be the responsibility of Jean Pierre Bartholeyns (head of the Cave Protection and Management Department). ACTION 20: Pa ul 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 a u thorities. b. Thailand Christian Dodelin had distributed documents prepared by Dr. Ande rson who is trying to stop a project that is destro ying karst and archeological sites in Thailand. Paul Wi lliams warned that IUCN cannot do anything if such sites are not IUCN sites. ACTION 21: VP Operation Christian Dodelin will send a letter stating tha t the UIS recognizes the arche ological value and conservation of the karst sites in Tha iland. c. Turkey Baerbel Vogel (President of the German Speleological Fe d eration) had sent papers about the Ilsu dam project and its impact on karst. The documents were discussed at length. Fadi Nader stated that he knew about this issue for a few years and he warns that he did not receive a clear demand by Turkish cavers to react! He finds difficulties in interfe ring in a national issue, especially when no clear demand s from the national bodies have been made. ACTION 22: Alexander Klimchouk will look into the Ilsu Project and discuss it with the Turkish cavers. d. Mexico Some also disturbing news came in about the Yucatan in Mexico. The UIS Bureau did not receive clea r data on this matter. ACTION 23: Efrain Mercado will look into the case of Yucatan (Mexico) and reports to the UIS Bureau. 21 ) Any Other Business a. Letter from A. Graa (President of FEALC) Fadi Nader read the letter received from A. Graa (Pres ide nt of FEALC) to the UIS Bureau members. b. FEALC related Issues (e.g. Costa Rica, Argentina) Costa Rica: Efrain Mercado informed the UIS Bureau that the pro blems (FEALC / Costa Rica) were sorted out and that there will be a conference in Guatemala. Ther e was a general consensus that as soon as the confe rence date and title are decided, the UIS will support such a meeting. Argentina: The case of Argentina and its internal problems was e xposed and discussed. Fadi Nader informed the Bureau that he had re ceived a letter from the president of FADE appointing the Delegate and Deputy Delegate to the UIS as usual There is no co ncrete information about legal unions or feder a tions other than FADE. Besides, no official letters were sent to the UIS General Secret ary from any other organiz a tion in Argentina contesting the present situation. The general consensus concerning the case of Argentina was to "wait and see."


11 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) 22 ) Closing Meeting (A. Eavis) + Setting the Action List of 2011 Around mid day, Andy Eavis clos ed the UIS Bureau mee ting for the year 2010 and thanked everybody for their pre s ence and contribution. He highlighted the "wonderful tur n out" to the meeting a sign of continuous progress of the Bureau. Andy Eavis noted that for the next meeting, measures will be taken to prepare the agenda in a better and more eff icient way (e.g. through executive meetings). After the closure of the meeting, members of the Bureau worked out the distribution of jobs/tasks among adjunct secretaries, discussed the changes of some items of the Internal Regulations (George Veni, see above), and held a practical session on the use of the Forum. ACTION 24: Fadi Nader will prepare the minutes of the meetings and the Action List for 2011. Fadi NADER UIS, Secretary General


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 12 By Jan Urban and UIS Commission of Pseudokarst The 11th International Symposium on Pseudokarst was held in the region known for the occurrence of non karst rock landfor ms and caves, in the Elbe Sandstone Mou ntains, called also Czech Saxon Switzerland, situated within the Czech German boundary zone, around the Elbe river valley. In this region the 3rd International Symposium on Pseudokarst was organized, in Knigstein, in 1988, ho wever only a few participants of the current Symposium atten d ed this previous meeting. The current Symposium gathered 50 scientific participants from 10 countries: Au stria, Czech Rep., Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden (Figs 1, 2). The fo rmal organizer of the Symposium was the Commission for Pseudokarst UIS, but practically it was prepared and org anized by speleoclub Hhlen und Karstforschung Dresden, personally by Har t mut Simmert, his colleagues and even fami ly. Fig. 1. Participants of the Symposium in a front of mountain hut in which the Symposium was held (photo H. Simmert). Fig. 2. Group of Symposium participants with H. Si mmert (in black jacket), our guide and President of the Organizational Committ ee in the end chamber of the Zwergenlcher (Dwarf Cave), Quirl (photo J. U r ban). As usually, the Symposium was an opportunity for a meeting of cavers (hobbyists, but often having deep knowledge about matter of their interest) and scientists (whi ch co operate with cavers so as to get materials for their studies). Consequently, the lectures represented di fferent scientific levels (from quite new scientific concepts to descriptions of cave explorations) and wide spectrum of speleological studies: fr om geology and geomorphology, through climatology and biology. During the three half day sessions (13 15th May) 21 lectures were held and several posters were presen ted. The main subjects of these presentations were: speleological features, phenomena and processes of the host region Saxon Switzerland (three lectures: M. Ar nhold, H. Simmert, J. Templin; Germany). zites of the table mountains in Venezuela, comprising genetic observations as well as complex studies of very divers ified (partly biogenic) secondary formations in these caves (several lectures and poster: T. Lanczos, R. A uCarias, Czech Rep.). acies which are conditioned by rock lithology, especially by rock cementation, permeability, graining and chem iSchweigstillov; Czech Rep.). cavities in sandstones (caves) in the Bohemian Paradise, Czech Rep., with air circulation (convection) during t he late Glacial period, which is confirmed by radiocarbon and U/Th datings of the secondary minerals (spele ous in granites of the Galizia, North Western Spain and mineralogical d escription of the secondary formations occurring in these caves (two lectures: M. Vaqueiro Rodriguez, R. Costas Vazquez, R.M. Suarez Perez, J.M. Lopez Mosquera, J.R. Vidal Romani; J. San jurjo Sanchez, D. Fernandez Mosquera; Spain). eden (R. Sjberg; Sweden). The confrontation of these, Swedish and presented earlier Spanish caves indicated crucial impact of climatic conditions on the morphoge nesis and speleogenesis of granites ( magmatic rocks). on the porous rock (sandstone) natural surfaces in E urope and north a Czech Rep.) 11 th International Syposium on Pseudokarst (Saupsdorf, Saxon Switzerland, Germany) 12 16 May, 2010


13 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) an d anthropogenic undergrounds in Austria, as e.g. root stalagmites, organic stalactites, calcite stalactites in non carbonate rocks, iron oxide stalactites (R. Pavuza; Au stria). of tree mold type ca ves in Slovakia (L. Gal; Slovakia). karst, mainly gravitational caves formed in easily karstified rocks, as gypsum and limestone of the north eastern Apennine (S. Galdenzi; Italy). evice type caves development in Polish Flysch Carpathians and their relation to mass movements (W. Margielewski, J. Urban; Poland). x ploration and mapping on the sea shore near Auckland, New Zealand (G. Szentes; G erm a ny/Hungary). Malta island (M. Tavagnutti; Italy) c tro resistivity tomography) method for dete c tion of non karst caves in Polish Flysch Carpath i ans (J. Urban T. Panek, P. Taborik, J. Hr a decky, W. Margielewski, C. Szura; Poland, Czech Rep.). deep gulch (called Ice Gulch), in the Appalachian Mou ntains, New Hampshire, USA (D. Holmgren, A. Pfitsch; Ge r many ). Description of butterflies living in the pseudokarst caves of Hungary (I. Eszterhs; Hungary). n mental conditions and aquatic fauna composition in the Jaskinia Miecharska cave, Polish Flysch Carpathians (E. Dumnicka, C. Szura; P o land). During three days of Symposium, after scientific se ssions (and lunches) the field sessions were organized (as usually, the field session guidebook was published and given to participants). Six different excur sions were pr oposed from easy walks to climbing in the deep ve r tical caves thus everybody was able to choose his f a vorite despite the cloudy and sometimes rainy weather nobody could co m plain of lack of attractive and interesting sites. Fig. 3. Sandstone cliff in the slope of the Polenztal valley near Hohenstein (photo. J. Urban). Czech Saxon Switzerland is, in geological terms, north eastern fragment of the Bohemian Cretaceous basin, and th erefore its relief is closely connected with mo r phological pattern of the central part of this basin. It is characterized by the occurrence of rock table mountains standing above the upland level, which is cut, in turn, by river valleys with rocky slopes ( Fig. 3). The rock cliffs of valley and mou ntain slopes are formed of hor i zontally lying series of Upper Cretaceous sandstones (Cenomanian Coniacian). Neogene volcanic intrusions (of basalt type) crossing the sandstone beds are add i tional elements affecting the rock epigenesis and morphogenesis of the region. Its relief is strictly co nnected with the lithological diversity of the sandstone s eries within which 12 lithostratigraphical units several meters to several tens of meters thick have been disti ngui shed. The specific types of landforms and caves are related to particular units and, especially, to their boundary zones. The caves represent various genetic types (which are defined and classified by German sp e leologists), from gravitational forms, genera lly of crevice and talus (co llapse, block) types (Figs. 4, 5, 6), to cavities and tunnels formed by interaction of subsu r face water erosion (fluvial erosion), corrosion (porokarst, clastokarst), salt weathe ring, mechanic weathe r ing etc. fissure and beddi ng cave types, cave niches. Most of them are connected with joint system or be d ding planes, whereas part of the erosional weathering caves are also controlled by specific (densely jointed or p o rous) lithological horizonts (Figs. 7, 8, 9). Microrelief of th e rock surfaces is also very diversified and impre s sive (Fig. 10). Three field sessions were conducted in the table mou ntains with rock cliffs (Quirl, Hohenstein and Affensteing ebiet), partly also in the valley slope (Polenztal), however, during these exc ursions we visited many deep and even narrow caves. Three other excursions comprised visits in three long and deep caves of gravit a tional genesis (Tiefe Hhle, Wohlrabhhle and Johanness Ruscher Hhle). The add i tional excursion was conducted to the mine ga llery reaching the volcanic i n trusion. As usually, the assembly of the Pseudokarst Commi ssion UIS, have been held during the Symposium (13.05.2010). The main items of this meeting were, as follo w ing: activity: the 10 th Symposium on the Pseudokarst was held in May 2008 in Gorizia, Italy (the main organizer: Centro mposium the Commission homepa ge was re activated ostributed mainly by internet; during the 15 th UIS Congress in Ker r ville, USA, pseudokarst scientific session and mee ting were o rganized. the 11 Symposium on Pseudokarst, Saupsdorf, Germany. As the participants of this event we express our gratitude for the organizers Hartmut Simmert, his colleagues and dotters. nd its me mbers. The members of the commission should represent every countries and sciences active in pseudokarst explor a-


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 14 tion and researches, so accession of several new members to the Commission was proposed and accepted. s of the Commission: its contribution to the organization of the 16. UIS Congress in Brno (2013); organization of the 12 th Symposium on Pse udokarst in Spain the term (2012, 2013 or 2014) will be determined by local organizers; organization of the 2 nd Int e r national Conference on Granite Caves, Sweden, June 2011. The assembly confirmed the previous members of exec uEszterhs (honorary president), Jan Urban (president), Rudolf Pavuza (vice president) and Ludovt Gal (secr etary). Fig. 4. The crevice type entrance of the Tiefe Hhle (Deep Cave), in the slope of the Bielatal valley, indicates grav i tational genesis of this cave (photo J. Urban). Last, but not least, must be emphasize the warm, familiar atmosphere of the days in Saupsdorf. The Symp osium was perfectly org a nized, but we will keep in our mind not only the organiz a tion of scientific and field sessions, session hall and dining room with simple meals prepared by orga n izers, as well. We enjoyed the formal discussions and informal, spontaneous meetings sometimes with gu itars and drums during these days. It means that hotels and resta u rants, expensive catering and service are quite not nece s sary to create good, unforgettable memories. Fig. 5. Climbing down the crevice type gallery of the Tiefe Hhle (Deep Cave) (photo J. Urban). Fig. 6. Formed among blocks, the passage of the Hhle am Neuweg (Cave in New Road) with the underground stream (photo J. Urban).


15 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) Fig. 7. Gautsch Grotto in the slope of the Pol enztal va l ley huge rock shelter developed due to the fluvial er o sion combined with weathering processes and su b sequently enlarged by rock falls (photo J. U r ban). F ig. 8. Nashorngipfel (Rhinoceros Rock) above the Polenztal valley the cross section of the passage formed along the joint fissure indicates lithologic control of its morphogenesis. Fig. 9. Erosional weathering cavities within the Stall (St a ble) rock shelter, Quirl (photo J. Urban). Fig. 10. Characteristic honeycomb structures on the rock walls on the slope of the Polenztal valley (photo J. U rban).


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 16 Compte rendu par Christian Dodelin 10 Pays : Angleterre, Croatie, Roumanie, Autriche, G rce, France, Allemagne, Italie, Suisse, Hongrie. Pour l'Autriche Salzburg c'est le Dr Wolfgang Farkas qui assure la prsentation. A noter que les secours officiels autrichiens ne sont pas une manation des splos mais des structures d'Etat cha rgs des secours. La splo et la montagne sont traits avec des partenaires qui considrent que les explorateurs n'ont pas de temps pour s'occuper des secours splos. Il en dcoule pour eux que le secours est assur par des seco uristes qui n'ont pas les comp tences splos requises. Cette situation a conduit la constitution de ce groupe avec leur demande de renfort auprs des pays voisins. Prsentation des particularits du milieu souterrain entra inant des complications pour les soins mdicaux. La list e des traumatismes possibles est faite. Explication d'une diffrence de traitement selon la cavit et le lieu de l'accident. Plusieurs cas sont voqus : coupure et trait ement...traitement des fractures, des hmorragies. Principaux traitemen ts en grotte : reconnaitre les points vitaux, prvenir l'hypothermie, surveiller les luxations et fractures. En cas de fractures ouvertes utiliser des bandages striles. Luxation. Le principe gnral est : fixation and no setting without x ray = ne pas r duire une luxation sans avoir fait une radio. La prsentation utilise des photos et documents de blesss l'hpital avec les radios qui illustrent les dform a tions. Les applications souterraines manquent d'exprience ce qui fait ragir les mdecins Suis se et anglais. Le docteur qui fait la prsentation pense qu'il n'y a pas souvent la possib ilit de traitement sous terre en comparaison des soins pr atiqus en hpital ou en situation extrieure. Le principe est de toujours mdicaliser avant le transport d e la victime. Sont abords ensuite l'quipement standard et le conditio nnement du matriel, (Poids, conditionnement, robu s tesse et fiabilit) drogues avec une efficacit longue dans le temps. Les cas de conditionnement avec ventilation, int u bation, infusi on.... Roumanie par le docteur Hadrian Borcea. Les secours en Roumanie sont en cours depuis 15 ans. Le contexte en Roumanie du splo secours est rcent et r echerche les docteurs de deux faons. Il y a bien des md ecins splos mais il faut toucher les spcialistes en md ecine. En secours il y a plusieurs niveaux de comptence. En Roumanie des formations existent pour la population et concerne les premiers secours. A un autre niveau il y a les praticiens mdecins, infirmiers et paramdicaux. Les s ecour s sont adapts pour les accidents de la route... Il y a les connaissances pour ce type d'accident, ainsi que pour les accidents urbains. En 2001 un projet pour les tudiants en mdecine concerne 3ime Rencontre des pays des KARSTS ALPINS (SPE LEO SECOURS Thme Mdical) 14 16 Mai, 2010 / Saalfelden, Salzburg Autriche


17 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) les secours en montagne et en grotte. Cela a touch 600 tud iants sur quelques WE par an. Certains d'entre eux travaillent maintenant dans les services de secours aprs leur participation des camps sur le te rrain. En 2008 les docteurs prennent conscience de la ncessit d'avoir des experts. Pour des seco urs de plus de 40 heures quelles dcisions sur le type de soin apporter aux blesss ? Une rflexion s'est faite avec les splos hongrois. Le travail s'est fait avec des mdecins de la mdecine d'urgence. Il y a une formation technique splo pour les docteurs. Aprs un certain niveau les docteurs pourront aller en grotte. La formation des docteurs se fait en cavit puis sur les techniques mdicales adaptes en grotte et la particip ation des exercices secours avec les splos. Il n'y a pas de formati on ni de rfrentiel sur les aspects mdicaux spcifiques et les traitements. Les roumains d e mandent un soutien et de l'information sur les mthodes et expriences dans le domaine mdical. Il y a une vol ution en Roumanie sur les secours. Il y a des diffic ults d'ense i gnement mdical dans les stages qui s'adressent aux sauv e teurs splos : seulement deux heures sont consacrs sur un stage d'une semaine. Ceci est aussi en lien avec le peu de docteurs disponibles. Sur le groupe de docteurs forms il en reste trois. Les a nglais demandent si les docteurs font de la "splo". A diff rents niveaux d'engagement. La question est la capacit de prendre les dcisions md icales. S'appuyer sur des mdecins qui ne pratiquent pas ou des splos sauveteurs qui n'ont pas l a connaissance md icale ? Nous avons besoin de docteurs splos. Les mdecins n'ont pas le temps de faire de la splo, mais c'est un choix. Il y a aussi un cart entre les principes et la ralit sur le terrain o il faut composer avec les moyens disponi bles. Croatia par Dinko Novosel. Il est secrtaire de la commission. Prsentation de l'organ isation des secours sur le pays. Il y a une formation de base concernant le transport et les connaissances de base pour le splo secours. Les form ations spcialises concernent aussi les docteurs. Un cours de premiers soins dure 80 heures et aprs les aspects gn raux il y a une partie sur les accidents souterrains. Un cert ificat est donn aux participants. L'organisation du secours comprend plusieurs as pects inspirs du SSF.


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 18 Prsentation de l'ASV avec 5 personnes, le contenu des kits. Les photos sont prises sous terre en situation. Diffrents types de point chaud. Le conditionnement de chaque bivouac. Statistiques sur les accidents en Croatie de 195 9 2007. Le pays a connu 44 accidents de 2000 2007. La majeure partie des victimes ne sont pas splos. Seuls 22% des secourus sont splos. 59% des accidents arrivent dans des puits. Les grottes sont verticales et d emandent de l'entrainement. L'vacua tion se fait selon les techniques franaises. La Croatie espre rejoindre l'Union Europenne. L'utilisation d'attelle gonflable est faite pour le transfert dans le point chaud. Suisse par Ueli Ngeli et Thierry Boillat Prsentation de la situation en S uisse avec plusieurs r un travail commun. Sur 9 rgions 5 sont quips en mat riel mdical. Le concept mdical : En premier le mdecin doit tre splo. Dans chaque rgion il y a une quipe et le mat riel pour les premiers soins. Il y a une liste des profe s sionnels de sant. Le matriel est conditionn dans des kits splos. Il y a un principe de dlgation en Suisse qui permet des personnes d'administrer des drogues si besoin. Pour chaque b oite il y a une liste du contenu. Des codes de couleurs permettent de distinguer plus rapidement les pr o duits. Tout est mis dans des bidons tanches et rsistants aux chocs. Check list pour le docteur. Le standard peut tre utilis en diffrentes circonst ances. Chaque praticien a ses prf rences. Une liste a t cre et le docteur la consulte avant de s'engager sous terre. Il verra s'il a besoin d'ajouter quelque chose. Dans les formations en Suisse le docteur dbutant sera mis en civire comme victime p our connaitre la situation. Il y a 18 docteurs et 4 paramdicaux. Formation : il n'y a pas de formation spcifique pour les mdecins, ils participent aux exercices rgionaux et l'exercice annuel. La plupart des mdecins sont des mont agnards expriments la plupart sont instruits l'arme. Ils ont leur propre exprience. Une particularit : il y a un diplme de mdecine de mo ntagne. Celui ci est dispens par la Suisse Socit de M decine de Montagne. Une leon concerne les aspects so uterrains. Les m decins ont une rencontre tous les deux ans avec une visite de grotte. La formation mdicale des quipes de secours : Il y a beaucoup d'application sous terre. Chaque rgion est responsable de la formation de ses quipes. La formation des mdecins de mon tagne a commenc il y a une quinzaine d'annes en Suisse. Rgion du Holloch : concept du secours au Holloch le plus grand de Suisse. Il y a eu 3 accidents de 1969 1973 qui ont donns lieux une conception particulire du secours dans ce rseau. Les p rofessionnels de sant n'avaient pas les traitements ada pts sur le site. En consquence il fau permettre le traitement mdical par les splos eux mmes. On est en premire ligne pour l'hypothermie, e choc, le suivi de l'volution du bless. Il y a des dpts dans la grotte, rcuprables en quelques heures et un stock additionnel dans la place centrale. Formation pour qui ? Tous les splos et ceux qui le so uhaitent de manire avoir 2 ou 3 spciali stes dans chaque quipe. Il est demand une formation aux premiers secours avec certification au pralable. Une formation adquate a lieu au moins tous les 2 ans. L'aspect lgal permet des non prat iciens de pouvoir inte r venir. Il y a un module pour les injections, perfusions pour les besoins vitaux et traiter les chocs.


19 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) Pour les dcisions il faut reconnaitre le degr des situations dangereuses... Une fiche sur l'tat et l'volution du bless existe et est utilise lors des interventions. Module pour les immobilisations. Module pour l'hyp othermie avec vtements secs, tente thermique, air rchauff pour la respiration. Grande Bretagne par le docteur William Lumb Personnel et organisation du traitement m dical en Angl eterre. A partir d'un exemple d'accident, une chute 2.215 m de l'entre (45 minutes) prsentation de la mdicalisation. Principe : enseigner aux splos ce qu'ils ont besoin de savoir sur le plan mdical et des soins. Ncessit d'tre splo avant d'tre docteur. Les docteurs doivent tre comptents dans leur sport. De 96 2009 : Au cours de 644 secours il y a eu 157 m dic a lisations pour assister les victimes. Les interventions md i cales ont concerns 45 hypothermies, 75 traumatismes et 14 pour des aspects mdicaux. 17 Dcs : 3 chutes, 9 noyades, dont 2 en plonge, 3 crises cardiaques, 1 cras ement, 1 sur corde et sous cascade. Aspects lgal : il n'y a pas de limitation lgale. La loi a v o lu concernant l'usage des drogues comme la morphine pour calmer la douleur. La liste des drogues utilises est connue des personnes qui apportent les soins. Le certificat de soins aux victimes est valable pour 3 ans. Il y a un systme de validation a nnuelle. Il y a une assurance spcifique. Dans les secours longs il y a un certain nombre de co ntrles faire. Dans ces longs secours il faut anticiper pour l'hypothermie et un sac noprne est utilis pour la victime. Il faudra r hydrat. L'aspect psychologique est prendre en compte. Prsentation des secours les plus longs en Grande Br e tagne en 2001 : 3 jours et 35 heures de civires. Suggestions : parler au bless considrer les soins comme disponibles ne pas oublier les yeux, la qualit du brancardage se dgrade aprs 4 heures. Il y a 20 000 pratiquants en Grande Bretagne. Une prse ntation du cours donn aux volontaires pour la formation splo mdicale est prsente. Il y a une interactivit m langeant films et dmonstration ainsi que le dv e loppement des problmes mdicaux et leur vo lution. L'e n seignement s'adresse aux bons splos volontaires. www.nesracascare.co.uk est un site qui tient jour les diffrents traitements. Allemagne par Jochen Grtler et Werner Franke Mountain rescue of Munich : Groupe de secours en mo ntagne de Mu nich. Les sauveteurs sont des volontaires, un peu sur le modle autrichien. Il y a un dsinvestissement des splos qui conduisent les secouristes se tourner vers les pays vo isins. Environ 5 accidents par an.


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 20 Il y a des formations mdicales. Des e ntrainements avec l'usage des hlicoptres et en diffrents sites de montagne, t comme hiver. Pour les secours splo il y a un pr ogramme spcifique. Pour utiliser les soins et traitements il y a une licence annuelle obtenir. L'quipement mdical comp rend le ferno ked, une civire etc... C'est un docteur qui peut administrer des mdic aments et les injections. Le crush syndrome (l'crasement) est un risque frquent en splologie. Pas d'exprience en Allemagne mais les autres docteurs notamment de Gra nde Bretagne apportent les infos ou confirment les traitements proposs. Hongrie par le docteur Peter Temesvari Il y a 3 ou 4 docteurs en Hongrie. Il est difficile de conse rver les docteurs dans les quipes. Il y a une bonne quipe et bien entraine av ec du matriel. Du matriel mdical existe galement avec un conditio nnement adapt. Utilisation des emballages bulles pour mettre les victimes au chaud puis avec la couverture survie. Avec ce procd il y a moyen de traiter efficacement contre le fr oid. C'est utilis galement en secours en mo ntagne en France. France par Eric Zipper et Christian Dodelin Prsentation du protocole infirmier et mdecin. Ceci pour donner un cadre lgislatif aux infirmiers afin qu'ils puissent pratiquer ce que leur mt ier leur permet dans le milieu ext rieur. Plusieurs aspects sont abords dans leur domaine de co m ptences notamment traiter la douleur, administrer certains traitements... Un autre sujet est prsent avec notamment un secours mdicalis en 2004 en Savo de la rotule a permis de soulager le bless mais galement de traiter le secours en moins de 15 heures au lieu de 3 ction aurait t ncessaire. Italie 4 mdecins prsents. Une form ation pour les soins est faite auprs des splos Des protocoles sont labors pour les mdecins et les i nfirmiers. Pour les splologues un certificat reco nnait les comp tences. que ce soit pour les cadres eux mmes ou les techniciens.


21 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) Films en soires Nous avons prsent des vidos ralises en stage : Form ations au Brsil, en Roumanie. Le film italien du secours Piagga Bella a t prsent ainsi que quelques films sur de la plonge souterraine. Dimanche Prsentation de la version Nicola version 3 dveloppe par Graham Naylor. Un exercice secours sera mis en place en Grande Bretagne pour te ster les premiers prototypes. Info sur les recherches du SSF et info des Suisses sur le dveloppement qu'ils ont fait avec possibilit d'envoi de SMS et texte. EVENEMENTS SPELEO SECOURS Dates : 8 au 15 mai Bulgarie 12 confrence de la co mmis sion splo ationale de Splologie). Prochaine 4 rencontre du groupe des Karsts A lpins en Croatia 17 18 septembre 2011 ; National Parc sur la cte Adriatique. Thme : tec h niques et tests. Projet association europenne : Eur opean cave rescue association L'association n'est pas dj cre. Une proposition de st a tut est faite par les Autrichiens. Le projet a besoin de murir et concerne les autres pays europens. Les propositions de texte seront envoyes aux participants afin de pouvoir se Quel nom adopt ? Parmi les aspects : indpendance vis vis des organis ations d'tats et structures non lucrative. ncontres entre mdecins. Envoi du projet d'as sociation par internet et retour avec avis. Information sur des dmarches que font les Italiens auprs des institutions europennes. Le projet de WEBSITE sera efficient cet t. Adresse : www.cave rescue.org Un DVD avec les communications a t donn chaque pays participants. Photos galement de Jrmie Thirion et des organisateurs.


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 22 By Carlos Benedetto Ex Secretario Adjunto UIS Delegado UIS Argentina www.fade.org.ar Abstract Argenti n e an Speleology restructuration process star t ed in February 2008 after the III Congress: "Andean axis" was consolidated as its guiding strategic deve l opment plan: the Andes Mou n tains, which hosts the largest potential of natural cavities and in this ge o gra phical axis, is where they begin to apply prote c tionist laws and develop a network of protected ar e as. Projecting that axis outside Argentina, there are signs of revitalization of Speleology in Peru and Ecuador. Paraguay accompanies that process from ou t si de the Andean area and proceeds in the represent a tions by specific legislation and cave tourism prom o tion, as well as managed actively join the UIS. Pr o tection Commission of the UIS maintained its active role in this process, especia lly in the caves of Nor th Patagonia in danger. Nueva va de integracin en la espeleologa sudamer icana La reestructuracin de la Federacin Argentina de Espeleologa (FAdE) llev a que a lo largo de 2009 se incorporaran nuevos espacios de trabajo. Aunque la pres idencia de est a Federacin est nuevamente en Buenos Aires, la sede social sigue estando a 1.400 kilmetros de esta ciudad capital nacional, sobre los Andes, en Nor Pat agonia, Malarge. Desde ambos espacios se est expandie ndo. En 2010 la Federacin tambin constituy d eleg aciones en el extremo sur del pas, en las provincias de Santa Cruz y Tierra del Fuego, donde ahora existen los s Pero adems, la nueva conduccin no prioriza la espeleologa en las cavidades menores de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, sino que pone de relieve la importancia de entender que, salvo las grandes cavidades calizas del Brasil y la cuenca amaznica (Paraguay), la columna vertebral de En ese espr itu fue que se organiz, con la ayuda del gobierno de la Provincia de Salta, en el lmite con Bol i via, un curso de formacin de nuevos espelelogos que en realidad tena otro propsito adicional: el de iniciar los estudios para el futuro plan de manejo en la caverna Puente del Diablo, en la pre Puna, a ms de 3000 metros sobre el nivel del mar, la cual estaba y est protegida por ley, aunque en Salta no haba espelelogos. Desde haca dcadas los espelelogos de otras provincias sostenan un diamante en bruto para la espeleologa, pero necesit amos formar espelelogos locales que hagan el trabajo de explorar, documentar y proteger las cuevas que exi s Se haba hablado mucho al respecto, pero nada se hi zo, excepto una experiencia de trabajos de campo a ca r go del grupo de Luis Carabelli (ahora presidente de la FAdE), pero que no haba obtenido la valoracin adecuada por parte de sus colegas. Todos anuncibamos un futuro pr omisorio para el NOA, pero no rec onocamos los mritos de estos primeros trabajos en ese mismo NOA. Argentina : la UIS acompaa a la Red de reas Protegidas Espeleolgicas


23 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) Finalmente, el gobierno de esa provincia nortea ayud a este proyecto para que fuera posible la confluencia entre espelelogos, investigadores cientficos, operadores de turismo y gu ardaparques, y ello se plasm en un curso que la Federacin dict en octubre de ese ao. En esa ocasin confluyeron sobre la ciudad de Salta alumnos de la misma provincia y de Buenos Aires, pero tambin instru ctores de la FAdE de cuatro provincias: la mism a Salta, T u cumn, Buenos Aires, Mendoza. Tambin viajaron desde Paraguay nuevos colegas de la Federacin Paraguaya de Espeleologa, que compa rtieron experiencias y finalmente hubo la firma de un co nvenio entre ambas federaciones y el establecimiento de un contacto directo entre tcnicos de las oficinas gubername ntales de reas protegidas de Salta y Mendoza, lo cual vena a ser algo novedoso. Luego de eso, la Federacin Paraguaya prop iciara (y en sto hay conversaciones avanzadas con colegas argentinos, bra sileos y boliviano), para la futura confo roPor ltimo, fueron los tcnicos de la Federacin quienes, conjuntamente con guardaparques salteos, reda ctaron el informe final de la experiencia con pro puestas para el futuro plan de manejo de Puente del Diablo, la terc e ra caverna argentina protegida por ley (las primeras son Las Brujas en Mendoza y Cuchillo Cura en Neuqun). Para el 2010 se proyecta continuar con la experiencia, posibl emente con apoyo ma terial de empresas europeas dedicadas a la fabricacin de equipos de progresin en cavernas. fin a ser un diamante que comenzaba a ser pulido, con el agregado de la ratificacin de las buenas relacione s entre Paraguay, Argentina y otros pases del MERCOSUR. Paraguay sigue avanzando en la consolidacin in s titucional de la Espeleologa, ya que la FEPAE Fed eracin Paraguaya de Espeleologa, consigui que la asamblea del Congreso UIS 2009 en Kerrville USA, apr o bara el ingreso de dicho pas como miembro pleno de nue s tra Unin, de la mano de proyectos conjuntos como los que relatamos en este informe. Al mismo tiempo sigue trabajando para conseguir la proteccin legal de las cave rnas y la aprobacin de pr oyectos espeleotursticos altern ativos a las actividades mineras en las regiones krsticas del pas. aciente espeleologa paraguaya propone el desarrollo del espeleoturismo como alternativa a las actividades mi neras no controladas, pero tambin al desmonte descontrolado de bosques cuya madera es usada para alimentar los ho r nos mineros, mientras que paralelamente han propuesto al Congreso Nacional un proyecto de ley para dar marco reg u En es te tiempo los espelelogos paraguayos no s o lamente viajaron a capacitarse en Argentina, sino ta mbin en Brasil, con el apoyo de los espelelogos de este pas; adems estn analizando firmar, con la Federacin Espaola de Espeleologa, un convenio parecido al que sta tiene con la Federacin Argentina y otras sociedades nacionales de Amrica Latina. Y, como decimos antes, estn pasando a un rol poltic amente activo, al haber sido quienes propusieron la form acin de la Confederacin Sudamericana. Nuev os espelelogos argentinos y paraguayos en la pre Puna, extremo norte de la Argentina, octubre 2009 Ecuador, Per, Paraguay Nor Patagonia y futura Red de reas Protegidas Esp eleolgicas Apenas tres semanas despus de la experiencia exitosa en Salta, e spelelogos y bilogos de Mendoza y Tucumn de mayor diversidad biolgica de la Argentina y cuyo acceso estaba prohibido por la mala aplicacin de la l egislacin vigente. La UIS tuvo mucha influencia en ese cambio pos i tivo largamente esperado. Como ya informamos antes, la Comisin de Pr oteccin de la UIS a cargo de Jean Pierre Bartholeyns, haba escrito una carta al gobernador de la provincia de Ne uqun, hacindose eco de los reclamos de los espelel ogos arge n tinos durante el III Congreso Argentino (Malarge, Mendoza, febrero 2008). En parte por ese r e clamo y en parte por las insistencias de la UIS, de las bilogas que ex director de reas Pro tegidas de la Provincia de Ne u-


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 24 qun (miembro de la Federacin nacional) a principios de noviembre fina l mente se llev a cabo una campaa corta para la identificacin de murcilagos y crustceos anfp odos e ispodos en ese sistema cavernario. Tan importante como eso fue que, con la exp eriencia de Salta en el recuerdo inmediato, en Neuqun se inici la formacin de una Red de reas Naturales Prot egidas Espeleolgicas, que incluira a espelelogos, tcnicos y guardaparques de La Poma (Salta), Malarge (Mendoza ), Las Lajas (Neuqun), que son las localidades donde hay cuevas protegidas por ley con distintos grados de manejo pblico; son las tres nicas provincias en que el patrimonio espeleolgico en general (no slo las reas protegidas en su sentido clsico) ti ene proteccin legal, aunque con di stintos grados de aplicacin efectiva. Algo similar iniciaron los delegados del extremo sur ante las autoridades de Parques Nacionales, en los que se conoci la existencia de cavernas, que estn siendo catastradas. Repr esentantes de esas provincias iniciaron la Red con intercambios de informacin sobre los distintos criterios de manejo de reas protegidas espeleolgicas, a efectos de avanzar en la unificacin de criterios y ponerlos a tono con los requerimientos de la UI S en la materia. Se estaban sumando a ella tcnicos de la provincia de San Juan (donde no hay legislacin espeleolgica especfica) y de la Administracin Nacional de Parques Nacionales. Al terminar la campaa de noviembre en Cuchillo Cura, el titular de la Comisin de Proteccin de la UIS escribi nuevamente al Gobernador de Neuqun para agr adecer el gran paso dado y pidiendo ms apoyo a los proyectos de investigaciones espeleolgicas. Pero en esa provincia subsisten problemas polt icos que incluyen un a bandono presupuestario de las reas protegidas: hay 11 reas, con un total de 11 guardaparques, sin recursos para hacer su trabajo. Al finalizar el ao, los problemas de este tipo llevaban a renunciar al Director Provincial de reas Naturales Protegidas, a unque retenie ndo sus funciones de coordinador tcnico de proyectos cientficos. Ese problema merecer en algn momento una Mendoza: PPE y formacin de tcnicos en seguridad De las provincias argentinas de la Red, Mendoza e s la que se encuentra en el estado ms avanzado en cuanto a pr oteccin del patrimonio espeleolgico. Como ya informamos en un nmero anterior, los espelelogos argentinos elaboraron, a pedido del Gobierno provincial, el Programa Provincial de Espeleologa (PPE) hasta el 2012, cuya puesta en marcha fue demorada por cuestiones polticas y presupuestarias. Pero a fin de ao se conformaban, en el equipo gubernamental al que pertenece ahora el autor de esta nota, los equipos tcnicos para la atencin de cuatro de las trece reas protegidas provinciales, incluyendo Caverna de Las Brujas. El primer paso fue la entrega, en prstamo, de la biblioteca de la Federacin a las autoridades, para el mo ntaje de un Centro de Investigaciones que est ya funci onando en la c iudad de Malarge. En julio se prev la real iinvitados todos los espelelogos (federados y no fed erados) del pas, como asimismo guardaparques, oper a dores de turismo, agentes de seguridad, etc. La coordinacin del programa y sus actividades ha sido puesta en manos del autor de esta nota, lo que En el proyecto original, no abandonado, ese Ce ntro deba llevar el nombre de Edouard Martel, en homenaje al fundador de nuestra disciplina, ya que en 2009 se cumplan 150 aos de su nacimiento. Ese detalle an sigue siendo discutido. En el mismo espritu, existe al fin la voluntad poltica de aplicar la Ley 5978, casi olvidada desde su sancin en 1993 (Ley de Cavidades Naturales); esto ocu rri gracias al esfuerzo de la Federacin argentina. Tambin en ese marco, y paralelamente, la Fed eracin organizaba en Malarge el segundo curso de Seg uridad y Rescate en Cavernas al amparo del convenio fi rmado en 2005 con l a Federacin Espaola de Espele ologa. Esta vez la capacitacin estuvo dirigida a bomberos, ge n darmes y policas, y secundariamente espelelogos y gua r daparques, con el objetivo de involucrar a los tcnicos de las fuerzas de seguridad en los temas especfi cos de la espeleologa y el espeleorrescate. La experiencia no slo permiti dar continuidad a ese convenio, sino que constituye la base de un cronogr ama de actividades (cursos, simulacros) que se llevarn a cabo a lo largo de 2010, con la intencin de in corporar a esas fuerzas en los protocolos de seguridad de la Caverna de Las Brujas, pero tambin de otras cavernas contempl adas en el PPE. Se discuta, tambin, sobre la sede del prximo curso con los capacitadores espaoles (Salta? Malarge? Neuqun? ) y sobre los trminos del futuro convenio entre las federaciones espaola y paraguaya, con la posibilidad de hacer un convenio tripartito. La UIS estaba siendo invitada, asimismo, a adh erir al meeting de julio de 2010 en la ciudad de Malarge.


25 UIS Bulletin vol. 53 Nr 1& 2 (2010) Nu evamente espelelogos y rescatistas argentinos y e spaoles en cavernas de Malarge, Nor Patagonia


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 26 President Andrew James EAVIS (United Kingdom ) Vice President of Operation s Christian DODELIN (Fran ce) Vice President of Administration George VENI (United States of America) Secretary General Fadi NADER (Lebanon) Adjunct Secretaries Giovanni BADINO (Italy) Jean Pierre BARTHOLEYNS (Belgium) Ale x ander KLIMCHOUK (Ukraine) Stein Erik LAURITZEN (Norway) Efrain MERCADO (Puerto Rico) Paul WILLIAMS (New Zealand) Kyung Sik WOO (Korea) Nadja 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) Czech Republic) Adolfo ERASO ROMERO (Spain) Hubert TRIMMEL (Austria) Refer to the UIS official website ( www.uis speleo.org ) For any inconsistencies, mistake or information change of National Delegat es, contact the webmaster. UIS Bureau 2009 2013 National Delegates and Subsitutes


27 UIS Bulletin vol. 52, Nr 2 (2010 ) 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 .html 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 Presid ent: Jean Pierre BARTHOLEYNS, Be lgium Department of Research Dpartement de la Recherche Scientifique 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 Presidents: Dr. Hazel BARTON, USA; and Dr. Juan GONZALEZ, Spain Secretar y : Dr. Juan GIARRIZO, Spain COMMISSION ON PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY AND HYDROGEOLOGY OF KARST C OMMISSION DE LA PHYSICO CHIMIE ET DE L'HYDROGOLOGIE DU KARST President: Dr. Yavor Y. SHOPOV, Bulgaria COMMISSION ON PALEOKARST AND SPELEOCHRONOLOGY COMMISSION DU PALOKARST ET DE LA SPLOCHRONOLOGIE. President: Dr. Stein Erik LAURITZEN, Norway COMMI SSION ON GLACIER FIRN, AND ICE CAVES CO MMISSION DES GROTTES EN GLACIR S GLACIR S ET NV President: 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 O N 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. Alexander 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 COMMISSION ON ARTIFICIAL CAVITIES COMMISSION DES CAVITS ARTIFICIELLES New officers are being elected. Contact Mario UIS Departments, Commissions, and Working Groups


UIS Bulletin v ol. 53, Nr 1 & 3 (2010) 28 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.


29 UIS Bulletin vol. 52, Nr 2 (2010 ) 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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