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BULLETINUnion Internationale de SplologieVolume 57-2 December, 2015 UIS Bureau Meeting in Postojna, Slovenia UIS Proposes an International Year of Caves and Karst in 2021 Innovative agreement between environmentalists entities and cement company The oldest cave maping in the world Born the Asian Union of Speleology and much more... ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: 50th Anniversary of the UIS Postojna, Slovenia, June 19, 2015

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Page 2/ 56 Union Internationale de SplologieWEBSITE: http://www.uis-speleo.org/BULLETINOfficial publication o f the UIS for publicizing the activities of the UIS and the state of the art of international speleology 2013 EDITOR IN CHIEF Efran MERCADO (Puerto Rico) DISCLAIMER The views and opinions expressed in this bulletin are Union of Speleology or its Bureau members unless GRAPHIC EDITION Nivaldo COLZATO (Brazil) Founded in Postojna, Slovenia, 1965 worldwide speleological organization that promotes the development of interaction between academic and technical speleologists of a wide range of nationalities to develop and coordinate NON DISCRIMINATION POLICY or parental status or sexual orientation. Should you Dr. Fadi NADER UIS General Secretary fadi.nader@gmail.com Union Internationale de Splologie Titov trg 2 6230, Postojna SloveniaSCIENTIFIC MEMBER OF REMEMBERSAVE A TREE; DO NOT PRINT IF UNNECESARY COVER by Reproduction of articles contained herein depends on the permission of the authors and should be reported to the UIS. The UIS Bulletin can be sent, since fully, to other e-mails or mailing lists. http://www.icsu.org Table of ContentsEditorial: UIS 50th Anniversary: A time to celebrate ............................................................ 3 Celebration of the 50th Aniversary of the UIS in Postojna, Slovenia ....................... 4 Launch of the book Fifty years of the UIS: 1965-2015 ................................................. 10 UIS proposes to organize a UNESCO International Year of Caves in 2021 ...... 12 France Habe Prize 2015 .......................................................................................................................... 13 Report of Commission on Cave Rescue ....................................................................................... 14 Report of Commission on History of Speleology ........................................................................ 23 The oldest cave map in the world ...................................................................................................... 25 Asian Transkarst 2015 / Born the Asian Speleological Union ............................................... 27 33rd Brazilian Congress of Speleology .............................................................................................. 29 Brazilian Speleological community supports the initiative to the UNESCO International Year of Caves and Karst in 2021 ................................ 31 A partnership for the future in Brazil ................................................................................................... 32 In memoriam: Alfredo Bini ....................................................................................................................... 35 In memoriam: Gyrgy Dnes ................................................................................................................... 36 In memoriam: Elery Hamilton-Smith ............................................................................................. 37 Books ............................................................................................................................................................................ 38 Calendar of Events 2016 ................................................................................................................................ 40 17th ICS, Australia 2017 Caves in an Ancient Land ................................................................. 42 Minutes of the UIS Bureau meeting in Postojna, Slovenia, June 2015 .................. 43 UIS Bureau 2013/2017 ...................................................................................................................................... 51 Active Nation Members List ..................................................................................................................... 52 Annual Contributions and Bank Account .......................................................................................... 53 Guide for submitting and publishing articles in the UIS Bulletin ......................... 54 Editors Disclosure ................................................................................................................................................ 56Click here!

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Page 3/ 56 EditorialHistory is the record book by which every human shall be judged. In those terms and applied to speleology, history is the root that gets inside the underground world by the wise hands of so many good speleologists, cavers and people of good faith, looking to bring light to the shades and discovers the glory of new horizons for mankind.This underground world has been well explored by the uttermost personalities around the world but more often by the new generation of speleolo gists and cavers that every day brings new informa tion to the rest of the world, information that behaves like teguments to keep unite our caving community, awakening the will to keep discovering, enjoying, learning, sharing and protecting. The Union International de Splologie (UIS) is the result of that great will, of the passion and dedication of so many great values of our speleolo gy. Some of them are no longer with us, but their knowledge is still knocking in our hearts and minds. Others survive and keep adding value to our sciences, communities and life. 50 years of organized existence of the UIS is something that should not be taken for granted. The example lead by those great explorers help to define an organizations that quickly widespread around our planet, reaching every corner of it, spreading the message of science, knowledge, conservation and friendship. Martel was right in his effort to get the light to those new worlds, and after him so many others. The golden pond of this knowledge, efforts, personalities and essence is being collected in an amazing book by a former UIS president, Engineer Jos Ayrton Labegalini (Brazil): Fifty Years of the UIS. This fine piece of literature brings us in a voyage to the four corners of the world, making the history alive of this great organization. Without doubts, a time to celebrate history and the reason to be. There is time to celebrate. There is time to remember those who founded this organization. In good and in hard times, while the whole world was suffering, agonizing and wounded by wars, conflicts and catastrophes. By trial and error. Those who stand for the future and succeed. As said by a great Austrian scientist to me during the UIS Congress in the splendid city of Brno, Czech Republic, Professor Dr. Hubert Trimmel: History is history. There is no way to change it With the same passion of Dr. Trimmel, we are layering the new path for a dynamic and agile speleology. The countries present for the 50th Anniversary in Postojna Jama, Slovenia, attested that; so the former presidents and colleagues that still work actively in speleology. We have too many things to celebrate. En route to the next congress in Sidney, Australia, in 2017, to the celebration of the International Year of Caves and Karst in 2021, to the formation of new caving organi zations around the world, we are committed to keep speleology alive and strong. Lets celebrate friendship, science, exploration, conservation, lets celebrate life!UIS 50 ANNIVERSARY: By Efran MERCADO (Puerto Rico)UIS Vice-President of Operations A time to celebrate

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Page 4/ 56 T.he International Union of Speleology (UIS) was established during the 4th International Congress of Speleology, which was held in Ljubljana and Postojna, Slovenia, in 1965. The congress held its opening celebration in Postojnska Jama. The UIS was founded during the closing ceremony of the congress on September 16th in Ljubljana. The UIS was registered as a legal entity in Slovenia in 2002 and has its office in Postojna at the Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU. This year the UIS marked 50 years of its existence. The celebration of the 50th Anniversary was held in Postojna on June 19, 2015. The celebration was under the honorary patronage of his Excellency Mr. Borut Pahor, the President of the Republic of Slovenia and was held in Postojnska Jama in Kongresna Dvorana (Congress Hall). The celebration opened with a Fanfare, written by the famous Slovenian composer Alojz Srebotnjak for the opening of the 4th International Congress of Speleology in 1965, and the national anthems of Slovenia and the European Union played by the Slove nian Police Brass Quintet. Several distinguished guests were present from the Slovenian government, local municipalities, past and present UIS Bureaus, and regional and national caving organizations, in addition to speleologists and cavers, for a total of 252 participants from 36 nations (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Norway, Peoples Republic of China, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Republic of Korea, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States of America). By Nadja Zupan Hajna (Slovenia) UIS Adjunct Secretary/UIS Treasurer CELEBRATION REPORT50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE UISPostojna, Slovenia, June 19, 2015 zupan@zrc-sazu.si Photos by Peter Gedei

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Page 5/ 56 The celebrations program consisted of welcome speeches and a short cultural program inside the cave, then a banquet at the restaurant near the caves entrance. It began with solemn words from our host, the representative of the management of Postojnska Jama, followed by a welcome speech given by International Union of Speleology, President Prof. Dr. Kyung Sik Woo. The Vice-President of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts Academic Prof. Dr. Andrej Kranjc was the next speaker, as the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts follows the traditions of early explorations through its institutes which continues karst research and was especially important for the organization of the 4th International Speleological Congress 50 years ago. of the Croatian Academys Department of Natural Sciences was the next speaker because at the time of UISs founding during the 4th Congress, Slovenia was a part of Yugoslavia and the Congress was organized with the help of cavers from other Yugoslav Republics, now independent states. The 4th Congress was organized under the patronage of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts and at that occasion, Academic Prof. Grga Novak from Croatia was present as President of the Academy. The following speaker was Mrs. Marjutka Hafner, Secretary-General of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO, which recognizes karst and caves as part of Slovenias natural and cultural heritage. The caves of kocjanske Jame are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Slovenia hopes to enlarge the list in the future. All caves in Slovenia are state property and protected by the Cave Protection Act. Cave protection is organized by the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning and accordingly, Dr. Gordana Beltram spoke as its representative. The next speaker was the head of Karst Research Institute of the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Prof. Dr. Tadej Slabe. Through almost 70 years, the Karst Research Institute

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Page 6/ 56 has developed into one of the leading international karst research institutions. Slovenian Kras has given the name to karst, this unique landscape developed in carbonate rocks. Following the early descriptions of the phenomena, speleology and karstology started to evolve and this is why this science holds a special tradition among the Slovene branches of science. The Institute houses the office of the International Union of Speleology. The link between the Institute and the UIS is UIS Adjunct Secretary and Treasurer, Prof. Dr. Nadja Zupan Hajna who gave short welcoming speech. She was following by Mr. Matej Mihajlovski, the President of Speleological Association of Slovenia, whose talk emphasized caving tradition in Slovenia and its connection to the UIS. The final speech offered congratulations to the UIS from the International Show Caves Association, represented by its Vice-President Friedrich Oedl. The program was completed by the Slovenian Police Brass Quintet and iON dancers with the performance The Light in the Dark. After the celebration, there was a banquet with a short program and UIS awards in the restaurant Jamski Dvorec in front special edition of cabernet sauvignon 2014 as Postumiae Speluncae Vinum just for the 50th Anniversary celebration. In honor of the UIS anniversary, the Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU dedicated its 23rd International Karstological School Classical Karst with the theme Caves-Exploration and Studies. The International Karstological School Classi cal Karst has been conducted annually since 1993. Different aspects of karst studies are presented each year. The basic objectives are to present the state-of -the-art in the selected topic, and encourage discus sions related to the schools topic through lectures, poster presentations and field trips in the Classical Karst of Slovenia. The 23rd Karstological School held between June 15 and 20, 2015 was devoted to the exploration and scientific study of caves. The schools highlighted topics were cave science, open exploration frontiers, large cave systems, history of cave exploration in central Europe, history of the International Union of Speleology, and the future of speleology.

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Page 7/ 56 There were six keynote lectures: The four state model of meteoric water cave genesis and its integration with models of the development of plan patterns of passages; 45 years of British exploration and study of huge caves around the world; History of Classical Karst Research an overview from the antiquity to the UIS foundation; Giving meaning to darkness-approaches to a cultural and social history of caves and speleology; 50th year of the Union Internationale de Splologie: foundation, life and effects; and History of cave science. Friday, June 19th, was dedicated to International Union of Speleology with many more interesting papers from other invited speakers. Two other important activities commemorated the UIS Anniversary: On May 29, 2015, the Post Office of Slovenia published a postage stamp, postcard, and a seal for the 50th Anniversary ( ). Also, the envelope with the illustration of the commemorative stamp was in use during the celebration on June 19, 2015. The commemorative stamp was designed to replicate and honor the event from 50 years ago. The matic Association Piran.

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Page 10/ 56 HISTORY OF THE UISThe International Union of Speleology (UIS) was founded on September 16, 1965, in Ljubljana, in what was then Yugoslavia (today Slovenia), at the closing General Assembly of the 4th International Congress of Speleology (ICS). At that time the first statutes were approved, and the first bureau of directors was elected. Since then, the entity has taken on the responsibility for the organization of international congresses of speleology every four years (the 16th took place in Brno, Czech Republic, in 2013) and congregate representatives of nearly 60 countries on all of the continents. The present Bureau of Directors is the thirteenth; the entity has been headed by 10 diffe rent presidents, and speleologists from 33 different countries have served on the Bureau. Commissions and Working Groups have been created to encourage the development of all aspects of speleology. These are grouped into Departments. The statutes have been revised various times, and Internal Regulations were adopted to facilitate the management and administration of the entity. The Code of Ethics was written to provide guidance disciplining the international practice of speleology. The UIS-Bulletin (57 issues, with the latest published in January of 2015) was created to publicize the activities of the entity, and the International Journal of Speleology (IJS, with volume 44-2 published in 2015) was founded to provide a means for the presentation of scientific articles. News about speleology is distributed to the whole world via its site www.uis-speleo.org and to facilitate communication by speakers of the numerous languages of the world, it maintains a multilingual technical dictionary in 24 languages. Since it is an international entity, the UIS maintains formal relationships with all of the regional speleological entities (FEALC of Latin America and the Caribbean, FSE of Europe, BSU of the Balkans, ASU of Asia), as well as the International Show Caves Association (ISCA), the International Geographical Union (IGU), UNESCO (via the International Council for Science (ICSU), and the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI). To provide a permanent address, it has signed a special agreement with the Karst Research Institute (KRI) and the government of Slovenia: Titovtrg 2, Postojna, Slovenia. All of these activities, as well as many others not mentioned here, have created the history of the UIS, but these have been only sparsely registered, and even then, not in any organized fashion, throughout the fifty years of the existence of the entity. The idea of registering the first 40 years of this history in book arose in 2002; this was to be presented in 2005 at the 14th ICS (in Greece). However, due to administrative difficulties at the time, the idea was abandoned. Four years later, in 2006, the idea of a book about the history of the UIS was again suggested to the Bureau, and the then ex-President Jos Ayrton Labegalini, author of the 2002 By Jos Ayrton Labegalini (Brazil)UIS Past President BOOKFIF T Y YEARS OF THE UIS: 1965-2015

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Page 11/ 56 proposal, was appointed to realize the project. Eight years of research in the archives of the UIS, publications such as the UIS-Bulletin, the Proceedings of the ICS, and the IJS, as well as reports of the various commissions, publications of the natio nal speleological organizations of various countries, and personal information led to the first version of the book, which was printed in 2013 and presented to the Bureau of the UIS during the 16th ICS (Czech Republic). This preliminary version was distributed to the ex-presidents and individuals with a long history of the UIS so they could supplement the information provided and make any corrections necessary. At that time, it was decided that the book should be published for the 50th anniversary of the entity, to be celebrated in 2015 in Postojna, Slovenia, where the original congress giving rise to the UIS was held, and where the permanent address of the entity is located. On the cover of the book, the artist designed the symbol of the UIS as sculpted from a monolith of sedimentary rock (limestone of the Bambui group from the Bonita Cave in the region of the Peruau Valley in Brazil); it is illuminated by a speleologist, emphasizing the size of the entity. The back cover provides a brief summary of the contents of the volume. The fiftieth anniversary of the UIS was celebrated during the 23rd International Karstological School Classical Karst Caves Exploration and Studies, an event which took place between June 15 and 20 of 2015. The commemoration took place on June 19, and the book (Fifty years of the UIS: 1965-2015) was introduced and autographed. The book was published by KRI-SAZU in Slove nia, in cooperation with the UIS; it can be purchased from the ZRC Publishing House: all colleagues.

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Page 12/ 56 In June 2015 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cre al event will meet one or more of Declaration (Rep. of Korea)

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Page 13/ 56 INTRODUCTIONThe France HABE Prize is awarded for the third time by the Department of Karst and the Cave Protection of the International Union of Speleology (UIS). The prize is named in memory and honour of Dr. France HABE ( 10/12/1999) from Slovenia (Yugoslavia), who among his other many accomplish ments served as President of the UIS Protection Department (1973-1997). Its purpose is to promote the protection of karst and caves for generations to come. Their natural legacy are proven sources of increasingly rich informa tion about the history of our planet and humanity, enabling people to act more thoughtfully, efficiently, and sustainably for the future of our environment.THE 2015 PRIZEThe Jury noted each submission following an evaluation frame about presentation, compilation, photography, scientific content, legibility and origi nal point of view. The Jury members decided unani mously to attribute the France Habe Prize 2015, an amount of 250, to the best and more original contribution. The winner is the Ciudadanos del Karso (Citizens of the Karst) for the Puerto Ricos Karst Physiography Protection and Conservation Act. (See at The Jury congratulates the other participants for their investment in the karst and cave protection since so many years. By Jean-Pierre Bartholeyns (Belgium)UIS Adjunct Secretary UIS Karst and Cave Protection Department, President UIS AWARDFRANCE HABE PRIZE 2015

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Page 14/ 56 By Patrick Deriaz (Switzerland)REPORT OF ACTIVITIESCA VE RESCUE CO MMISSION Cave rescue conference Le CAMP, Vaumarcus, Suisse 15-19 April 2015Pre-conference : 13-14 April Photos of RISS 2015 Organization13th international

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Page 15/ 56 Each time a caving accident happens, we wonder what factors contributed to it. This 13th International Cave Rescue Conference offered a chance to discuss, among other subjects, how to prevent caving accidents while maintaining the exploration and adventure sides of caving. Participants was able to exchange and compare techniques and equipment through daily practical workshops underground. In the evenings, discussions continued through lectures, demonstrations, and reports of the days activities.The meeting day by day DIM ANCHE 12 A VRIL AU M ARDI 14 A VRILLes premiers participants la pr-rencontre arrivent le dimanche soir: 2 autrichiens, 3 hongrois, 2 nouveaux zlandais et quelques suisses. Les deux premiers jours sont consacrs la visite de cavits de la rgion et de lieux touristiques: Grotte de lOrbe jusquau siphon des blocs no 2 Grotte du Vertige, en crue, dans les gorges de Covatannaz visite du Muse Baud de lAuberson ( )

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Page 16/ 56 MERCREDI 15 A VRILLe mercredi, une excursion en car nous conduit aux Moulins du col des Roche ( ) pour une visite guide par un gologue de lISSKA ( ). Le car nous conduit ensuite une excursion au Creux-du-van, duquel nous rentrons pieds Vaumarcus, guid par Jean-Claude Lalou, un splologue et gologue spcia liste de la rgion. La premire soire permet de dcouvrir un film de Jean-Claude Wicky, en sa prsence: Tous les jours la nuit (). Un film qui nous plonge dans le quotidien sous terre des mineurs boliviens. JEUDI 16 A VRILLouverture officielle de la rencontre a lieu le matin 8h00. Elle est suivie dune prsentation de la REGA (garde arienne suisse de Sauvetage (www.rega.ch ) dont le splos-secours suisse est partenaire depuis plus de 20 ans. La REGA est la centrale dalarme en Suisse pour les accidents de splologie (1414, +41 333 333 333). La REGA soutient le splo-secours pour sa logistique, les conseils mdicaux, les transports et toute la partie administrative. La Socit Suisse de Splologie est lie la REGA par une convention de partenariat. La REGA est une fondation. A 10 heures, un hlicoptre de la REGA vient se poser devant les btiments du camp. Des visites de lhlicoptre et de son matriel sont organise : treuil, matriel mdical, civire, tout est prsent et lquipage rpond avec patience aux nombreuses questions des participants.

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Page 17/ 56 Ds 13h30, deux ateliers sont organiss: Un atelier de civires anim par Andy Scheurer. La civire suisse et un protype bulgare sont prsents, et compars. Un atelier de moyens techniques de communications anims par Nicolas Magnon, et avec la prsence de nombreux quipements: tlphone franais, cavelink, systme Nicolas, tlphone Bulgare. JEUDI 16 A VRIL SOIRLa soire est consacre des exposs sur les organisations de secours, au travers de films ou de prsentation powerpoint: Suisse Patterson from Heged s Gyula VENDREDI 17 A VRILUne centaine de splologues sont attendus pour des ateliers dans la partie non touristique des grottes de Vallorbe. Le dplacement se fait en car. Quelques secouristes rgionaux (SSF 25) nous rejoigne directement sur place. La journe est organise en 5 groupes pour ce qui est des manipulations de civire, un groupe de mdecin et infirmiers pour le thme mdical, un groupe point chaud et un groupe communication (des SMS sont envoys lextrieur par le systme cavelink).

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Page 18/ 56 VENDREDI 17 A VRIL SOIRLa soire est consacre la prsentation de sauvetages de longue dure : splo-secours franais le splo-secours italien Bergwacht de Bavire S AMEDI 18 A VRILLes prsentations et workshop ont lieux dans 3 salles diffrentes, sur le site de Vaumarcus: Un workshop mdical anim par Ueli Ngeli Des dbats et discussions sur les modes de collaborations en Europe anims par Nicolas Magnon Un workshop consacr la prvention des facteurs humains anim par Thomas Probul et Boris Quinodoz De nombreuses prsentations: Prsentation de lECRA Mcanisme ECHO de protection civile Europen Evolution des techniques dvacuation secours en France Tests de rupture de corde de tyroliennes Tests de rupture en salle de tyroliennes Tests sur des descendeurs Tests de manoeuvre de secours La base oprationnelle du splo-secours fran ais est prsente La tyrolienne de Millau par le SSF Russian Volunteer Cave Rescue Union par Gulnaz Masalimova Bericht Frickenhhleneinsatz.ppt par le Bergwacht de Bavire Secours Mtiers par Patrick Deriaz Les aspects lgaux des dcs par Frdric Btrisey

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Page 19/ 56 S AMEDI 18 A VRIL: SOIRE DE GALALa soire commence par une tombala gratuite: grce aux partenaires de la Fdration Europenne de Splologie, de nombreux par ticipants repartent soit avec un kit bag dAventure Verticale, soit quelques dizaines de mtres de cordes de Bal. Deux films sont proposs: 127 secondes et la tyorolienne de Millau. La rencontre se poursuit par une tourne gnrale, offertes par ISS 2015, et des activits typiquement splos.

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Page 20/ 56 DIM ANCHE 19 A VRILDeux synthses des travaux sont prsentes : Rapport du groupe de travail mdical par Ueli Ngeli et Lana Donlagic Une synthse du workshop prvention des facteurs humains prsente par par Thomas Probul Nous tions hbergs dans Le Camp de Vaumarcus ( ). La logistique tait assure par le splo-secours suisse et par plusieurs membres des clubs de splo de la rgion, tous bnvoles, et passionns par la splologie et les secours. Organisation Andy Nauer, Andy Scheurer, Arnauld Malard, Astrid Gnthart, Bernard Plumat, Christian Dodelin, Etienne Fardel, Gabi Genoux, Grald Favre, Isabelle Chouquet, Jean Godat, Jean-Claude Lalou, Jos Lambelet, Marianne et Jean-Pierre Scheuner, Maxime de Gianpietro, Michel Bovey, Nathalie Balmer, Nicolas Magnon, Patrick Deriaz, Philippe Roncire, Regula Hhn, Sylvain Tosetti, Thomas Probul, Ulrich Ngeli. Traductions Yvonne Droms, Romina Jofre, Natalia Morata, Michele Sivelli, Philipp Huselmann. Site internet Bernard Hfeli

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Page 21/ 56 Le site de RISS: www.riss2015.ch www.aduco.ch/riss http://www.ssslib.ch/speleosecours/RISS2015.html Next event to be organized by Speleo Secours Francais (French Cave Rescue Organization)International Cave Rescue Trainings Cave Rescue Techniques, and Victim Assistance1-9 October 2016

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Page 22/ 56 Le site: Les images oficielles de RISS2015: Merci Antoine Ducommun: Proceedings: or username: password: RISS 2015: Proceedings SPELE SAFE O Titre Auteur RISS2015, Workshops in Vallorbe's Caves Splfilm Grald Favre riss01hd riss01bd Exercice de la colonne 2 du Splo-Secours-Suisse Mathieu Wenger riss02 RISS2015 rapport final RISS riss03 Guide de RISS RISS riss04 Introduction of Hungarian cave Rescue service Hegeds, Gyula riss10 Russian Volunteer Cave Rescue Union Masalimova, Gulnaz riss11 Tests material and cave rescue techniques Christian Dodelin riss12 Accidents mortels : particularits et aspects judiciaires rsu Btrisey, Frdric riss13 Rescue maneuvers testing Darko Bakic riss14 Cave rescue in Tanne des crolleurs Christian Dodelin riss15 Secours plonge la grotte de Mtiers Patrick Deriaz riss16 Einsatz Frickenhhle Bergwacht Bayern riss17 Riesending Bergwacht Bayern, Mira Barthelmann riss18 Johann Soccorso Sepeleologico CNSAS riss19 ECRA European cave rescue association Dinko Novosel & Alberto Ubertino riss20 New Zealand Cave Rescue New Zealand Cave Rescue riss21 EU Civil Protection Mechanism Maks Merela riss22 Rescate Inti Machay 2014 riss23Findings on the behaviour of descender devices Petzl Stop and SimpleMiha Staut riss24 movie 1 Miha Staut riss24.1 movie 2 Miha Staut riss24.2 movie 3 Miha Staut riss24.3 movie 4 Miha Staut riss24.4 Test Tyrolean rope in real situation, Paklenica, Crotia, 2011 Bernard Tourte, Chistian Dodelin, SSF riss25 Tyrolean traverse 1 riss26.1 Tyrolean traverse 2 riss27.2 Tyrolean traverse 3 riss27.3 Tyrolean traverse 4 riss27.4 Tyrolean traverse 5 riss27.5 Lost Beyond the Sump Cave Diving Commission UIS SSF 25 riss lien ext Report of medical group meeting riss29 Article dans la revue Stalactite Patrick Deriaz riss30Access video & documentation

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Page 23/ 56 By Bernard Chirol (France), Presidentbearchirol@orange.frREPORT OF ACTIVITIESHISTORY OF SPELEOLOGY CO MMISSION The main activities developed by the UIS Commission on History of Speleology in 2015 are: New FFS caving expedition in both sides of Cy prus Island (February 2015). No news of the European project concerning the caves of North Cyprus. The first book about caving in Cyprus was published by FFS in June 2015. Pre-opening visit with Rhne-Alpes Committee to the Caverne du Pont dArc a partial reconstruction of the Grotte Chauvet in Ardche, France (March 2015). Conferences and films with his daughter Gilber te and Guy Fourni, the author of the DVD Casteret Chasseur Dabmes (2014) in Chambry and Lyon (March 2015). A new booklet about the karstic systems published by FFS (Rhne-Alpes) with an Environmental Service (April). PDF file with: www.cen-rhonealpes.fr Karstschool and UIS 50th birthday in Postojna (Slovenia). Meeting of a lot of historians and cavers ( Alcadi and world projects). Lectures about world caving history at Orgnac European Prehistory Centre (May) and in Jura mountain (July).BC. Several history books have been published by Johannes Mattes (Austria), Vlado Bozic (Croatia), Trevor Shaw and Alenka Cuk (Karst Institute), Ber nard Chirol and Theo Savoi (France). 60th Birthday of explorations of the Gouffre Berger in August (Vercors, France). The following celebration will be done in August 2016 (first 1000 meters deep !). New date (1415) proposed by BC for the first drawing of a cave in Crete (1546 before at the Stufe Di Nerone, Italy). PROJECTSNew work about history of caving and women in the world (2015-2016) for B. Chirol and History of Speleology Commission. Forum Caves as objects of history and culture in April 2016: international scientific forum at Divnogorye Voronezh (Russia). European Congress (Yorkshire, August 2016). COMPTE-RENDU dACTIVITS la COMMISSION HISTOIRE de lUIS (2015) Le dbut dannes fut consacr la prparation dune deuxime expdition Chypre pour notre quipe franaise. Elle a eu lieu du 8 au 15 fvrier partir de Paphos et Larnaca. Les changes avec les collgues Haris Nicolaou, Lauren Satterfield, Salih Gcel, Inan Tasci et son ami Fouat nous ont apport la matire ncessaire pour complter notre valuation splologique de lle. Grce eux et la recherche documentaire favorise par les collgues europens (voir nos prcdents CR), nous avons pu sortir le premier livre bilingue intgra lement consacr la splologie de Chypre en Juin 2015: Histoire splologique de Chypre Cyprus caving history (124 pages). En rgion Rhne-Alpes, une synthse de 32 pages Les milieux karstiques a t publie pour le Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels en avril 2015, fai sant le point sur la question avec les meilleurs spcia listes franais. Ce livret est destin tous les acteurs de notre socit, confronts aux problmatiques des massifs karstiques. Une version Pdf est tlchargeable sur le site du CEN: www.cen-rhonealpes.fr En France, lapproche du printemps permit Norbert Casteret de ressurgir grce au film (DVD) de Guy Fourni projet Villeurbanne, sur linitiative du

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Page 24/ 56 club local (SCV) et grce sa fille Gilberte, confrencire Chambry le 13 mars (texte en ligne). Un moment fort fut la visite du 14 mars avant ouverture de la Caverne du Pont dArc, rplique de la grotte Chauvet laquelle lquipe de J-J Delanoy (Universit de Savoie) a consacr de nombreuses annes de recherches gomorphologiques ayant permis cette reconstitution. Le milieu souterrain artificiel est bluffant et les peintures magnifiquement restitues. Le succs sest confirm ds 2015. Personnellement, jai pu complter cette rencontre avec la prhistoire dans les grottes en visitant la Dordogne en mai o jai pu apprcier les gravures de Bara-Bahau, La Sorcire, en attendant Lascaux 4 qui se termine. La mme chose en Quercy, autour de Cougnac et Lacave, sites merveilleux conseiller tout visiteur tranger. Le Congrs National de la FFS fin mai St Vallier (06) connut un moment dhistoire en la personne et la confrence de Paul Courbon, qui nous a parl des grandes tapes du dveloppement de la splologie. Quelques jours plus tard, Petinos Charalambos, attach culturel lAmbassade a prsent Lyon les enjeux autour de Chypre, travers une confrence sur la politique turque. En mai, nous avons appris par les mdias que des pourparlers reprenaient et en dcembre que les espoirs de runification pourraient se concrtiser Nous navons pas de nouvelle du projet splologique europen en Chypre-nord. En juin, Bernard Chirol a t invit par Franoi se Prudhomme donner une confrence sur lhistoire de la splologie mondiale au Centre Europen de Prhistoire de lAven dOrgnac (Ardche) qui vient de prsenter durant deux ans une exposition succs sur ce thme. Le grand moment de lanne fut pour moi la premire participation une Karstschool du 15 au 19 juin loccasion du cinquantime anniversaire de lUIS (Slovnie). Une organisation exemplaire par lInstitut du Karst de Postojna et des sites extraordi naires nous ont permis de repartir dans les pas de Valvasor, Nagel et tous ceux qui ont fond la karstologie. L a rencontre avec les acteurs actuels tels Nadja Zupan Hajna et Andrej Mihevc fut un dlice, et travers toutes ces confrences dont plusieurs traitaient dhistoire de la splo. Je retiendrai celle de Friedhart Knolle sur la splologie pendant le rgime commu niste de la RDA, celle de Christophe Gauchon sur les tapes de la recherche dans la Glacire de la Grce-Dieu dans le massif jurassien du Doubs. Johannes Mattes nous a gratifis dun expos digne de son rcent Doctorat Vienne sur la significa tion sociale et culturelle de la splologie. Johannes a pu sortir cette anne Reisen ins Unterirdische sur lhistoire de la splologie en Autriche jusquavant la 2me guerre mondiale, prcieux livre de 410 pages quil faudrait traduire. Dautres riches confrences en histoire furent donnes par Andrej Kanjc sur le Karst classique, par Jasminko Mulaomerovic sur la Bosnie ancienne. Andy Eavis a parl des gros volumes explors la fin du XXme sicle. Paul Williams et George Veni nous ont entrans vers le futur de la karstologie, cest toujours de lhistoire venir Un des meilleurs moments fut de pouvoir serrer la main ds mon arrive Trevor Shaw qui lui aussi a sorti (avec Alenka Cuk) cette occasion un nouveau livre Slovene karst and caves in the past confir mant son intrt et sa connaissance des sciences du Karst. Une bonne surprise fut aussi la prsence chaleureuse de Vlado Bozic, historien croate que je nimaginais pas pouvoir rencontrer dans le monde rel! LUIS, grce au travail de J.A. Labegalini a pu aussi lancer Fifty years of the UIS livre de 522 pages. Stephan Kempe travaille quant lui sur les origi naux de Nagel dont il imagine une diffusion globale. Grce Gyula Hegedus (Hongrie), jai appris quil y avait eu un Congrs splologique de lEurope Centrale Budapest en septembre 1927 et un autre mondial (en ralit sans lEurope!) Monterrey au Mexique en 1950, ctait lpoque du Congrs de Valence en France (1949) annonant le premier Congrs International de Paris en 1953. Une autre confrence fut donne en France fin juillet aprs une excursion-dner Hostiaz, petit village de lAin, sur la montagne du Jura, riche dun rseau de 2,7 km et dune grotte prhistorique ayant abri t lours, lhomme de Nandertal et des chasseurs de

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Page 25/ 56 marmottes magdalniens 920 m daltitude au dessus de la Cluse des Hpitaux! Marc Cartonnet, archologue et Bruno Hugon sont venus maider intresser notre public sur le karst et son histoire mondiale. La Prhistoire a t mise lhonneur avec des ateliers dans les nouveaux amnagements que nous avons inaugurs en Juillet aux grottes du Cerdon, toujours proximit de Lyon qui pourrait bien accueillir notre Congrs International UIS en 2021, la candidature progresse travers celle de la FFS Les Franais ont accueilli en aot leurs collgues de toutes nations pour les soixante annes dexplorations au gouffre Berger (Vercors, Alpes de lIsre) premier moins mille mtres qui sera vraiment ft en aot 2016. Rappelons que pendant 10 ans, il fut considr comme le plus profond du monde (jusquen 1963). Une nouvelle Rencontre dOctobre dans le Jura (39) avec le Splo Club de Paris nous a permis de retracer lhistoire franaise des observations de CO2 sous Terre. Les Actes de la Rencontre 2014 contenant lhistoire du concept de la fantmisation sont sortis peu aprs. Le Splo Club de Paris ma chaleureusement accueilli en novembre, pour une nouvelle confrence sur lhistoire splologique mondiale et David Brison ma permis de progresser dans la vision anglo-saxon ne des femmes en splologie, nouveau thme sur lequel je travaille actuellement, toujours avec laide du rseau mondial UIS. Ce mois de novembre a prouv la solidarit mondiale avec la France aprs les terribles attentats de Paris. Ce travail nouveau sur lhistoire mondiale des femmes en splologie ma amen vers Anna Petrocheilou, incontournable chercheuse grecque disparue en 2001 qui a tudi un Labyrinthe de Crte. Cette recherche ma montr quon tient l le plus ancien dessin de cavit au monde (1415), devanant denviron 130 ans celui dAgricola (1546). Cf article spcial de ce bulletin. Les collgues ayant des informations compltement indites concernant les femmes splos sont invits me contacter pour une publication papier et en ligne avec lEcole Franaise en 2016. Lanne 2016 verra en avril et en Russie le forum scientifique international Caves as objects of history and culture (plus dinformation: ) et nous permettra une rencontre europenne dans le Yorkshire en aot. Bien chaleureusement, pour la Commission Histoire UIS T he first drawing of an artificial cave with orientation informations is the plan of the Labyrinth of Gortyne (Crete) drawn in 1415 by Cristofo ro Buondelmonti. Till today, we considered that the map of the artificial cave Stufe di Neron, situated at Pozzuoli, near Naples, and published by Georg Bauer (Agricola) in 1546 was the most ancient (T. Shaw, History of cave science, 1992, p. 13). The Labyrinth drawing is a sort of birds eye view, with orientation (almost usual one). It was published in 1417 (C. Buondelmonti, Descriptio insulae Cretae, 1417). I found this map on Internet when doing a research about Anna Petrochilou who studied it in 1984-1985 (topography). Michel Fournier has given many e-documents about the mysteries of this site; see the joined references. By Bernard Chirol (France)President of the UIS Commission on History of Speleologybearchirol@orange.frTHE OLDEST CA VE M AP IN THE WORLD

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Page 26/ 56 AUTHORS of the PLANS of THE LABYRINTH: 1415 Buondelmonti 1699 Tournefort, well known for his interpre tation of speleothems. 1783 Dumas (published in 1839) 1788 C. Ernest Savary 1811 Cockerell (published in 1820) 1817 Sieber (published in 1823) 1821 Bertuch (copy of the1811map) 1825 Prokesch Von Osten (published in 1836) 1842 simple map by Sigalas 1845 Flix Victor Raulin 1854 E. Charton (Magasin Pittoresque) 1857 Ame (copy of the one of 1811) 1865 Spratt (copy of the one of 1817) 1982 Romanasetco 1882 Kern (copy of the 1811 map) 1985 Anna Petrocheilou and coll. 1998-2010 Thomas M. Waldmann Some precious references about Buondelmonti : Many books speak about the life and works of Buondelmonti:G. K. L. Sinner (1824), Legrand (1974), synthetic view from M. A. Van Spitael (1981), and G. Ragone (2002). National Library in Dsseldorf owns copies of two books of Buondelmonti. These titles have been consulted: Anna Petrocheilou (1984): The Greek caves, p. 157-158. Francesca Luzzati-Lagana (1987): Mdivales. Sur les mers grecques: un navigateur florentin du XVme sicle, C. Buondelmonti, p. 67-77. Rythy Gertwagen and Elisabeth Jeffreys (July 2013): Shipping, trade and Crusade in the medieval Mediterranean (studies in honor of John Pryor), 444 pp. Ashgate publi. Ltd. cf article from Michel Balard; 20. Internet references: Le Labyrinthe mythologique crtois (oct. 2010) in Decouvretoitoimeme. Science Fiction Magazine (Direction Alain Pelosato): Le Labyrinthe du Minotaure Dieu de Michel Fournier (last updated in 2012). The Labyrinth of Crete by Dudley Moore (last updated in 2014) The Cretan Labyrinth Cave by Thomas Waldmann (last updated in 2014) Wikipedia gives a lot of informations.

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Page 27/ 56 Tihe Institute of Karst Geology and the International Union of Speleology were pleased to host the 1st Asian Speleological Conference/2nd Asian Transkarst Conference on November 6-8, 2015 in Lichuan, Hubei in the heart of Southwest Chinas stunning karst landscape. Asian Transkarst 2015 was attended by over 150 delegates from 22 countries and regions in Asia and Europe. The conference featured over 50 oral lectures and workshops on wide range of topics such as cave exploration, cave and karst geology/geomorphology, cave biology, cave conservation and mana gement, and caving techniques, cave photography etc. Training courses and seminars were also organized during the event, as well as keynote presentations by a panel of international experts and a mid-conference fieldtrip trip to Lichuans Tenglong Dong showcave, one of the longest caves in China. Sanlongmen Cave and Yulong Cave were also visited by the participants. Other highlight included the foundation of the Asian Union of Speleology (AUS), described next page. By Nivaldo ColzatoUIS Adjunct Secretary ASIA IN FOCUSASIAN TRANSKARST 2015

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Page 28/ 56 the Asian Union of Speleology (AUS), before Asian Federation of Speleology (AFS) was founded. The first General Assembly was attended by the following Asian countries (China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam). The presents agreed to change the name of AFS to AUS due to some admi nistrative reasons. The Statutes were formally signed and the main members of the Executive Committee elected are: Its legal address will be stablished in Jakarta (Indonesia). With the name of Asian Federation of Speleolo gy (AFS), the 4th regional speleological entity in the world 1 was initiated under the initiative of Dr. Kyung Sik Woo (Republic of Korea), Dr. Eko Haryono (Indonesia) and Dr. Tran Van (Vietnam) when they met at the Global Geoparks Conference which was held in Langkawi, Malaysia in 2010. At that time they agreed to have an official preliminary meeting in the near future. Thanks to Dr. Eko Haryonos tremendous effort, the first Asian Trans-Disciplinary Karst Conference (Asian Transkarst 2011) was held in Jogjakarta (Indonesia) from 7 to 11 January, 2011. Over 100 speleologists from all over the world (especially Asia and Europe) participated in the meeting, with the greatest numbers from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. During this event, a Temporary Executive Committee of the AFS was elected, as follow : In 2013, the AFS became a regional federation of the UIS and was officially approved by its Bureau meeting during the 16th International Congress of Speleology (ICS) in Brno, Czech Republic. At the 2nd Asian Transkarst Conference in Lichuan, Hubei (China) the Asian Union of Speleology (AUS) was founded on 6th November 2015. On November 6, 2015, located at the Hotel Mingyun Lilian, in Lichuan, China, in conjunction with the 2nd Asian Transkarst Conference activities, The UIS congratulates all Asian speleologists by this impor tant conquest and invites all the Asian countries to become member of the AUS and join efforts in favour of a stronger speleology in the region.

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Page 29/ 56 The city of Eldorado was the capital of Brazilian speleology from July 15 to 19, 2015, receiving more than 200 speleologists and cavers for the 33rd Brazilian Congress of Speleology (CBE). In addition to the presentation of more than 80 papers, the congress also offered short courses, lectures, debates, and cultural presentations, as well as activities of speleoinclusion for disabled speleologists and visits to the karst of the region. The organization of such an important event as the CBE is always a daunting task, especially when we are committed to taking it away from the metropolitan areas. But decisions are not taken only on the basis of convenience or comfort. We took the Congress to a place where a caving event should be, a place where discussion is necessary. This is why the 33rd CBE was held in the Valley of the Ribeira River, in the extreme south of the state of So Paulo. This region houses one of the largest concentrations of caves of the country, of tremendous impor tance in the international speleological scene. This year the event celebrated 50 years of speleological research in the country, since In 1964 researchers and sportsmen gathered at the entrance of the cave Casa de Pedra, the largest cave portal in the world, for the realization of the 1st National Congress of Speleology. Since then, much has changed, but the caves in the area have been preserved and today serve as the focus of both research and tourism, as well as providing job opportunities for local residents. At the opening ceremony, the event had already shown that it would be a success, with international participants from Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Panama as well as participants from 10 of the states of Brazil. In the crowded room, Patricia Montenegro, representative of the Votorantim Cement Company, announced the companys intention of donating the area where Paiva Cave, one of the most important caves of the Upper Ribeira, is located, for incorporation into the Intervales State Park, thus guaranteeing its preservation. The Mayor, Eduardo Fouquet, and other government representatives also expressed their support for the development of caving in the Ribeira Valley. This congress provided an opportunity to discuss the conservation of Brazilian caves in the face of legislation which gives priority to the study and classification of caves only when specifically threatened by destruction by mining activities, with loop holes which lead to insecurity and dissatisfaction for all. Based on the discussions and the papers presented, eight motions were approved, as well as measures By Marcelo Rasteiro President of the Brazilian Speleological Society (SBE) 33rd BRAZILIAN CONGRESS OF SPELEOLOGYCongresso Brasileiro de EspeleologiaCAVERNA DO DIABO

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Page 30/ 56 taken to encourage in-depth discussions and the conduction of further research and the undertaking of protective actions in prol of Brazilian caves. The seven short courses and the technical visits to some of the caves of the region should encourage future actions by cavers, as well as more interaction with the communities of the Valley of the Ribeira, especially at a time when the plans for the speleolo gical management of more than thirty caves in the area are being implemented. This is an unprecedented initiative in the country, and the society should unite in giving voice to the need for immediate im plementation and the facilitation of the monitoring its effectiveness. The 81 papers approved for presentation constitute part of the Annals of the Congress and show the evolution of research in various fields of knowledge. A change in the profile of research workers is clear, with the growth of professional caving linked to mining interests and consulting companies of consultation, which is certainly an incentive for the production of jobs, although it does not diminish the importance of academic research and voluntary work. Indeed, the consolidation of research by indivi duals with different backgrounds and points of view, promoting debate and the exchange of information, which can only contribute to the growth of the science of speleology. Our thanks go to everyone who helped make the 33rd CBE possible: the sponsoring companies and the public entities and agencies who supported the event, as well as all the individuals who in some way helped make the event a success. They also go to all the cavers and speleologists who presented papers. See you at the next CBE in 2017!

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Page 31/ 56 The speleologists, research workers, professional scientists and participants of the congress united at the 33rd Brazilian Congress of Speleology, event realized by the Brazilian Speleological Society (SBE) in Eldorado, SP,fromJuly 15-19, 2015, have unanimously approved the following: MOTION OF SUPPORT For the initiative of the International Union of Speleology (UIS) in proposing to UNESCO the declaration of the International Year of Caves and Karst JUSTIFICATION Despite all which is being done to protect the speleological heritage of the world, the importance of caves and karstic areas, their value to the world and the need to protect and manage them adequately has not yet been assimilated by the non-speleological community in many countries around the world. Caves continue to be destroyed. Trash is still thrown inside caves. Karst aquifers are continually polluted. Many rare ecosystems are being destroyed. Archeological and paleontological treasures in caves are frequently damaged or removed. For these and other reasons, the UIS will send a proposal to UNESO for the declaration of the International Year of caves and Karst in 2021, with the intention of increasing the knowledge of the importance of caves and karst around the world. The UIS will coordinate this project, and the country to host the 18thInternational Congress of Speleology of the UIS in 2021 will also organize the main event related to the International Year of Caves and Karst. Moreover, the UIS proposes that each member country organize at least one large event during the year of 2021 in their own territory to promote this initiative. SENT TO Fadi Nader General Secretary of the UIS fadi.nader@gmail.comKyung Sik Woo President of the UIS Nivaldo Colzato Adjunct Secretary of the UIS Jean-Pierre Bartholeyns Adjunct Secretary of the UIS and President of the Departament of Cave and Karst Protection of the UIS Of. DIR 036/15 REF.: Motion of the 33rd Brazilian Congress of SpeleologyCaixa Postal 7031Parque Taquaral CEP 13076-970 Campinas SP Brasil Fone: (+55 19) 3296-5421 Sociedade Brasileira de EspeleologiaOrganizao da Sociedade Civil de Interesse Pblico Oscip Fundada em 1 de novembro de 1969 CNPJ 52.168.481/0001-42www.cavernas.org.br sbe@cavernas.org.br

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Page 32/ 56 A mature dialogue between conservation organi zations and mining companies which consider crucial the socio-economic development together with the discussion of public policies for the conservation and sustainable use of the natural heritage. It was with this principle that in July 2011, during the 31st Brazilian Congress of Speleology, the innovative partnership between the Votorantim Cimentos (VC), Institute Friends of the Mata Atlntica (Atlantic Rainforest) Biosphere Reserve (RBMA) and the Brazilian Society of Speleology (SBE) was signed. See all details (in Portuguese) in the link The Technical and Financial Cooperation ground between VC/RBMA/SBE was grouped in four lines of action: 1GUIDE FOR GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES OF MINING IN KARST AREASAlthough it has an innovative and pioneering character, the project, in final stages of preparation, has the collaboration of professionals and researchers with extensive experience and assumes that adequate and satisfactory management of karst and its resources should be based on practical knowledge and scientific studies. The implementation of best practice alternatives in the field of mining in karst areas will contri bute to the construction of a new development model of environmental and socially sustainable mining and must be a commitment of the entire production chain.2PROGRAM OF RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ABOUT CA VES AND KARST AREASSome actions already carried out: 2.a Institutional strengthening of the Brazi lian Society of Speleology (SBE) with the physical remodeling of its library Guy-Christian Collet, including acquisition of new furnitures and equipments and cataloging of its collection, which currently has more than 21,000 records of books and periodicals that can be searched by the Internet on the address 2.b Photo contest to choose the photo of the cover of the book Humans and Karst Landscape as well as the 2012 calendar. 2.c Publication of the book Humans and Karst Landscape (O ser humano e a paisagem crstica) livro.asp Authors: Heros Augusto Santos Lobo and Luiz Eduardo Panisset Travassos. This book was acknowledged by the UIS in the category Special Books (books that are important speleological publications) in the UIS Awards CereBy Jos Ayrton Labegalini (Brazil), UIS Past President Nivaldo Colzato (Brazil), UIS Adjunct Secretary A PARTNERSHIP FOR THE FUTURE IN BRAZILINNO V ATIVE A GREEMENT BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTALISTS ENTITIES AND CEMENT CO MPANY

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Page 33/ 56 mony presented at the 16th International Congress of Speleology, Brno, Czech Republic, on July 26, 2013. 2.d 2012 Calendar calendario.asp 2.e Electronic version of the Proceedings of the 32nd Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 2013 3PROGRAM OF CONSERV ATION AND MANA GEMENT OF CA VES AND KARST AREASSome actions already carried out: 3.a International Workshop on mining and environment Votorantim Cimentos 3.b I Workshop Foundations for Speleologi cal Legislation 3.c Workshop Foundations for conservation of caves 3.d Environmental Education Notebooks (in course)4PROGRAM OF IDENTIFICATION AND CONSERV ATION OF SOCIOENVIRONMENTAL ASSETS IN THE A TLANTIC FOREST AREASSome actions already carried out: 4.a Project Environmental Assets in the areas of Votorantim Cimentos This project, inserted into the Program of Conservation and Management of Caves, Karst Areas and Atlantic Forest of the partnership, is developed by the Mata Atlntica Biosphere Reserve and aims to propo se sustainable actions linked to mining in limestone areas and to the social and environmental aspects at the properties of the Votorantim Cimentos in Brazil. 4.b Studies of special cases including technical visits to various units and caves in the areas of VC such as the Caverna da Exploso, cave in the city of Xambio, Tocantins State; Sobradinho (Federal District); Paiva Cave (So Paulo State); Larangeiras (Sergipe State), and So Desidrio Region (Bahia State). Representatives of the partnership between VC/RBMA/SBE made a diagnosis of the cave as well as a presentation of the partnership itself at the Votorantim Cement unit in that city. 4.c Seminar on Mining and Socioenvironmental Sustainability in Biosphere Reserves RECOGNITIONOn 5 August 2014 the project A Partnership for the Future Technical Cooperation between VC -SBE-RBMA was awarded second place (out of 75 competing projects) in the category Nature in the Von Martius Sustainability Award. This award was created in 2000 by the Depart ment of Environment, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of the Brazil-Germany Chamber of Commerce and is open for works from companies, NGOs, governments, national institutions and ordinary people that have sustainable ideas directed to growth economic, social and cultural.FINAL CONSIDERATIONSThe experienced agreement in Brazil, involving entities of antagonistic interests, environmentalist on a side (SBE and RBMA) and mining company of other (VC), with results rational, acceptable and positive for all the involved parts, it is an example that was able to be (and it would have) copied at other countries. VC, as company international performance, intends to extrapolate the results of the negotiations with SBE and RBMA for the Brazilian speleological heritage to the countries where it acts, to improve its international image. The ideal situation would be of having special agreements between the VC and environmental institutions (preferentially national speleological societies/federations) in each country.INV OL VEMENT OF THE UISThe first real results of that partnership in Brazil, listed in the beginning of this article and involving VC/RBMA/SBE, were presented in July 2015 during the 33rd Brazilian Speleological Congress (CBE). Representatives of all the three entities presented their specific points of view, the expectations of their entities, the perspectives and the partial results already reached. As UIS Bureau Members in the presentation were the President of the Department of Cave and Karst Protection Jean Pierre Bartholeyns (Belgium),

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Page 34/ 56 VOTORANTIM CIMENTOS (V C)The Votorantim Group is a 100% Brazilian company that is present in more than 20 countries and will complete 97 years of activity in 2015. Through Votorantim Industrial (VID), it operates in various sectors that are capital intensive with a high production scale. Its business model is multi-platform and BRAZILIAN SOCIET Y OF SPELEOLOGY (SBE)The SBE is a nonprofit organization, classified as a Civil Society Organization of Public Interest (OSCIP) and that brings together at the national level, groups and peoTHE M ATA ATLNTICA BIOSPHERE RESERVE (RBM A)THE THREE PROTAGONISTSit operates through different businesses and with a broad range of products, services and opportunities. Votorantim is present in the following segments: Cement, Metals, Steel, Energy, Pulp and Agribusiness. Votorantim Cimentos (VC) has been on the market since 1936. Based in Brazil, it is one of the worlds largest companies in the construction materials industry, with an installed cement production capacity of 54.5 million tons per year and revenues of BRL 12.9 billion in 2014. Votorantim Cimentos is the leader in Brazil and has operations in 12 more countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. It is the largest biosphere reserve in the forested area on the planet with about 78 million hectares, covering areas in 17 Brazilian states where there is the Atlantic Rainforest, allowing its operation on the scale of the entire biome. Among its main permanent programs include: Sustainable Tourism, Mosaics of Protected Areas, Coast and Sea, Atlantic Rainrest Market International Cooperation, Public Policies and Mata Atlntica Yearbook. The management of RBMA is done by a system involving over 200 institutions, coordinated by a Natio nal Council and State Committees. All these boards are composed jointly by Governmental Organs and entities of the civil society (NGOs, Scientists, Community and Businesspeople). ple interested in exploration, research and preservation of caves. Founded in 1969, it has been encouraging, organizing and disseminating all activities related to caving and speleology, whether in sport, social or scientific field. Among other activities, the SBE maintains a specialized library (Bibliotca Guy Christian-Collet), manages the National Cadaster of the Brazilian Caves (CNC), administrates several publication on Speleology, organizes the Brazilian Congresses of Speleology each two years (the last one was the 33rd on July 2015) and represents the Country in the Speleological Federation of Latin America and the Caribbean (FEALC) and the Inter national Union of Speleology (UIS). the Adjunct Secretary Nivaldo Colzato (Brazil) and the UIS Past-President Jos Ayrton Labegalini (Brazil). As we were unanimous in considering so positive the results of the partnership, we suggested to the representative of VC to submit application of the entity as Affiliated Organization of the UIS. Probably it will be included in the agenda of the next UIS annual bureau meeting, which will happen during the 5th European Speleological Congress (Yorkshire, UK, on 13-20 August, 2016) a proposal of inviting the VC to discuss a similar agreement with the UIS. Among other objectives of this agreement would be the Guide for good environmental prac tices of mining in karst areas, updated if necessary, to be accepted and approved by the UIS, after discer ning analysis made by a special working group named by the UIS and its Department of Cave and Karst Protection.The Mata Atlntica Biosphere Reserve (RBMA), which area was recognized by UNESCO in six successive phases between 1991 and 2009, was the first unit of the World Biosphere Reserves Network declared in Brazil.

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Page 35/ 56 ALFREDO BINI MANDELLO DEL LARIO, ITALIA Lutto a Mandello per la scomparsa del professor Alfredo Bini, geologo e docente allUniversit degli Studi di Milano. Responsabile del catasto grotte per la provincia di Lecco, aveva partecipato a vari progetti promossi dalla Comunit montana della Valsassina sulla geologia e i siti geologici. Bini (nato in Egitto nel 8/1/1948), che a Mandello abitava in via delle Erbe, ha cessato di vivere nel pomeriggio di gioved 30 aprile 2015 proprio nella sua Universit. La geologia era appunto la sua grande passione, a cui si era sempre dedicato con instancabile impegno e dedizione. Era anche speleologo, il professor Bini, e questaltra sua passione laveva portato a seguire da vicino e a dare un apporto fondamentale al progetto InGrigna!, nato allo scopo di coordinare attivit esplorative e di ricerca e di favorire lo scambio di dati e informazioni tra i gruppi speleologici che operano nelle aree carsiche della Grigna Settentrionale e del Pian del Tivano. Lo stesso Bini fu tra i primi esploratori e ricercatori a censire e a studiare le grotte della Grigna. A proposito delle origini del Fiumelatte aveva detto in un incontro di alcuni anni fa: Sono soltanto ipotesi allo studio ma le scoperte degli ultimi anni hanno portato a individuare il corso del Fiumelatte, partendo dalla grotta alla sommit della Grigna per arrivare a quella di Fiumelatte. E i prossimi anni aveva aggiunto saranno determinanti per acclarare lipotesi della grotta principe. Autore di numerose pubblicazioni, si interess anche alle vicende legate alla Superstrada 36 e in un incontro tenuto a Lecco nellestate del 2013 in occasione della presentazione di una mostra riferita proprio alla costruzione di quella strada, dal titolo Superstrada 36: un passato da non ripetere, un futuro da tenere sotto controllo, afferm: Allepoca della progettazione della Ss 36 non si potevano conoscere alcuni fattori di rischio. Lacqua nelle gallerie non era IN MEM ORIAM Speleologia in lutto. morto il geologo mandellese Alfredo Binidi Claudio Bottagisi prevedibile, cos come il movimento del monte Legnoncino stato scoperto nel corso degli anni Ottanta. Il problema ebbe a dire sempre Bini che troppe volte si costruisce nei posti sbagliati. In qualsiasi zona possono esserci problemi e nemmeno lingegneria pu risolvere qualsiasi cosa. Il geologo sottoline altres che ci vogliono anni di studio per capire bene la struttura di un ter ritorio e che non esiste un tracciato stradale senza problemi e senza rischi. Quello che ha colpito in queste ore la comunit mandellese un grave lutto anche per il mondo della scuola. La moglie di Alfredo Bini infatti la professoressa Luisa Zuccoli, dallo scorso anno dirigente scolastico dellIstituto comprensivo Alessandro Volta di Mandello. Tra i primi a dare la notizia dellimprovvisa scomparsa di Alfredo Bini sono stati i redattori del Notiziario di speleologia Scintilena. Apprendiamo con profondo cordoglio della scomparsa del professor Alfredo Bini, speleologo, geologo e docente allUniversit degli Studi di Milano hanno scritto sul loro sito Internet E stato il primo direttore di Speleologia, rivista della Societ speleologica italiana, primo curatore del catasto speleologico lombardo ed ex presidente del Gruppo Grotte Milano della Sem. Ai suoi cari e agli speleologi lombardi giungano le nostre sentite condoglianze. Emblematico altres il commento degli speleologi del progetto InGrigna!: La speleologia e la ricerca italiana perdono uno dei suoi elementi pi importanti. Noi perdiamo anche un amico.

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Page 36/ 56 G Y RGY DNES Died in 30 April, 2015 in his age 92 years, Dr. Gyrgy DENES was born in Oroshza/South-Hungary at 3 September, 1923. He graduated in law in Pecs University. He participated in reorganization of Hungarian Speleological Society in 1958, where he became secretary, secretary general and finally honorary presidnet. He established the Hungarian Cave Rescue Service in 1961, which exist nowadays with high efficiency. He was member of presidency in Hungarian Geographical Society and in Hungarian Naturefriend Federation (HNF), president of Cave Commission of HNF and Meteor Tourist Club. He organized the speleological department within Meteor Tourist Club in 1957. He was the leader of the exploration group of Meteor cave in 1961, the Raisz passage of Baradla cave, paleontological site of Esztramos Hill which has international interest.IN MEM ORIAM by Dr. Hegeds GYULA, PhD He was leader of uncountable cave research in different part of Hungary, but his favourite was the Aggtelek karst region. His scientific job was wide from karsthydrology through history to linguistics. His scholarship gave him opportunity to deal with ancient diplomas and found new knowledges. He was great lecturer and was ready to share his knowledges at all time. He has more than 300 publications in Hungary and abroad in different languages. He enjoyed the appreciation of cavers during his all life and additionally he received a lot of awards from state and governmental authorities of Hungary and foreign countries. His works and results will be significant for next generations, too. We are saying good-bye and keep him in our best memory.

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Page 37/ 56 ELERY HAMILTON-SMITH IN MEM ORIAM Elery Hamilton-Smith (born 28 December 1929) was a retired Australian interdisciplinary scholar and academic, latterly adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at Charles Sturt Univer sity. He worked in teaching and community services (1949-68) social policy & Planning Consultant (1969-77). He developed a plan for education of recreation and leisure workers and helped establish courses in 6 universities (1974). He was appointed lecturer and continued as Professor and Head of School in Social Policy and Community Services (1969-95). His career over this period included wide-ranging research and consultation often centred upon leisure policies and programs. He undertook various national policy development studies, visiting professorships, Educational Fellowship with Government of Canada, work with UNESCO, WLRA Centre of Excellence (Wageningen), and Benefits of Leisure studies with the US Forest Service. In the 1990s Dr. Hamilton-Smith moved progressively from his interest in outdoor recreation into examining issues of sustainability and environmental studies; accepted a chair in environmental studies and worked as an advisor with both IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and the UNESCO World Heritage Bureau. In 2010, he handed these responsibilities over to a former post-graduate student and had since been working on cataloguing and transfer ring his collections of books, papers, ephemera, photographs, maps etc. (over one million items) to the National Museum of Australia. Dr. Hamilton-Smith published over 2,000 books, reports and papers and worked in 50 countries. Elerys contributions to World Heritage, as well as to Cave and Karst Protection and Conservation around the World will not be forgotten. Elery was involved in so many ways and we will all remem ber him for something different, I am sure. Our thoughts are with Angela and family. Dr. Gyrgy DENES was also Honorary President of the UIS Cave Rescue Commission. I keep in myself all the precedent team in cave rescue international with Andr Slagmolen (from Belgium), Trifon Daaliev (from Bulgaria), Grace Matts (in Australia), like pioneers and we are continuing their goal. All our sympathies to his family and Hungarian cavers and rescuers.

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Page 40/ 56 The 4th Balkan Photo contest We And CavesApril 1st 2016 Deadline to sent photos by e-mail to we.and.caves@gmail.com Organized by Balkan Speleological Union and SC PRISTARuse Sponsored by Landjoff Functional Durable Reliable we.and.caves@gmail.com; International Conference DeepKarst 2016 Origins, Resources, and Management of Hypogene Karst11-14 April 2016 Organized by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI), in cooperation with the Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis Commission of the International Union of Speleology International Scientific Forum Caves as Objects of History and Culture19-22 April 2016 7th International Workshop on Ice Caves16-22 May 2016 Organized by Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU on behalf of the International Union of Speleologys Commission on Glacier, Firn, and Ice Caves 10th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant CompoundsSpecial Session Remediation of Karst Aquifers23-26 May 2016 Organized by Battelle-Business of Innovation 78th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2016 Efficient Use of Technology Unlocking Potencial Workshop Session WS17 Karst and Caves Challenges for Scientific Understanding of Resources, Paleoclimate and Geohazards30 May 2 June 2016 International Water Association Conference Karst Aquifer Management SessionInternational Course Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers Organized by International Water Association (IWA) 30 May 5 June 2016 International Water Association ConferenceOrganized by International Water Association (IWA) 9-11 June 2016 Calendar of Events Calendar of Events Calendar of Events 2016

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Page 41/ 56 Karst Field Studies Summer 2016 Courses!12-29 June 2016 Organized by Western Kentucky Universitys Center for Human GeoEnvironmental Studies (CHNGES) and Depart ment of Geography and Geology 24th International Karstological School Classical Karst Paleokarst 13-17 June 2016 Organized by Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU 10th Jubilee Balkan Cavers Camp VratsaBulgaria21-26 June 2016 the patronage of the Balkan Speleological Union (BSU) Supported by : Pulsar Tech Caving Lights and Lanjoff Ltd EuroSpeleo 2016: the 5th European Speleological Congress13-20 August 2016 Organized by the British Caving Association (BCA) and the European Speleological Federation (FSE) 35th International Geological CongressSymposium The Quaternary System: Precision and Reliability in Global Correlation27 August 4 September 2016 Geological Society of America Convention25-28 September 2016 Organized by Karst Division of the Geological Society of America International Cave Rescue Trainings Cave Rescue Techniques, and Victim Assistance1-9 October 2016 Organized by Speleo Secours Francais (French Cave Rescue Organization) Calendar of Events Calendar of Events Calendar of Events 2016

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Page 42/ 56 Sydney, Australia, 23-30 July 2017CA VES IN AN ANCIENT L AND Dear Caving Colleagues and Caving Friends The International Union of Speleology (UIS) conducts the International Congress of Speleology (ICS) every 4 years, a major event on the world speleology calendar. The 17th congress is to be held in Sydney, Australia from 23-30 July 2017. It will be organised and hosted by the Australian Speleological Federation (ASF). This is the second time the Congress has been held in the Southern Hemisphere and the first time in Australia. Australia is a dream destination, and the chosen venue, Sydney, will provide a memorable conference experience and world class event. ASF will feature speleology in Australasia and the organising committee is working hard to prepare the Congress as a friendly meeting with an interesting program including excursions to fascinating cave and karst areas in Australia and New Zealand and an attractive accompanying program. You have been identified as someone who may have an interest in attending and perhaps presenting a paper at the next ICS (17th ICS) in 2017. We invite you to subscribe to our mailing list for regular email updates and announcements about the Congress by following the link to our Subscribe for Email Updates page here: If you do not subscribe this will be the last email that you receive. For more information visit the Congress website at or our Facebook page at We look forward to your possible attendance at the next ICS in Sydney, Australia, 23-30 July, 2017. Kind regardsSpeleo 2017 ICS Organising Commission

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Page 43/ 56 MINUTESUIS BUREAU MEETINGJune 20 21, 2015 Postojna, SloveniaBy Fadi H. NADER (Secretary General) fadi.nader@gmail.comAttendance 1) Opening comments of the UIS President/ Approval of the Agenda th 2) Approval of Minutes from the 2014 Bureau Meeting (Sydney, Australia) SESSION 1 view th 3) Review of Decisions and Action Items of previous UIS Bureau Meeting (2014) 4) ISCA (K.S. Woo, A. Cigna)

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Page 46/ 56 10) Review of modified UIS Internal regula tions (F. Nader / N. Zupan Hajna) 11) Procedure for applying for UIS Bureau (J.P. Bartholeyns) 12) Review of Finances (Nadja ZUPAN HAJNA)

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Page 52/ 56 Greece ACTIVE NATION MEMBERS LIST UPDATE your status now!UNION INTERNATIONALE DE SPLOLOGIETitov trg 2, 6230 Postona, Sloveniawww.uis-speleo.org CONTACT UIS zupan@zrc-sazu.si PAYMENT VIA UIS WEBSITEWe are working to provide the payment of the annual fees directly via UIS Web Page through PayPal service. This service will be available soon and will be informed directly within UIS Website.

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Page 53/ 56 ANNUAL CONTRIBUTIONS The UIS General Assembly at the 15th ICS decided to change the annual contributions of the UIS member-coun tries to Euro currency, while keeping the same rates as those since 1994. The annual contributions will be as follows, starting from January 2010: Category A 300 Euros Category B 200 Euros Category C 50 Euros By: Nadja ZUPAN HAJNA, UIS Treasurer/UIS Adjunct Secretary (Slovenia) zupan@zrc-sazu.siFINANCEANNUAL CONTRIBUTIONS Each UIS member country has the free choice of the category in accordance with its own financial possibilities and with the num ber of speleologists or speleological societies/ associations/ federations/ clubs/ institutions. The UIS Bureau 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. Account name Titov trg 2 Bank (name and address) Banka Koper d.d. Traka 2 Account No. SWIFT Code: Accepted Currencies: USD (United States Dollars) EUR (Euros)UIS BANK ACCOUNT S TATE ON UIS BANK ACCOUNT ON DECEMBER 31, 2015EUR USD

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Page 54/ 56 GUIDE FOR SUBMITTING AND PUBLISHING ARTICLES IN THE UIS BULLETIN 1 INTRODUCTION2 ARTICLE PRODUCTION commended.3 FORM AT

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Page 56/ 56 UIS Bulletin, nor its editors are responsible for: Efran MERCADO Editor in ChiefNivaldo COLZATO Graphic Editor BULLETIN EDITORS DISCL OSURE Union Internationale de Splologie