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More than 30 specialists from 11 countries made 17 contributions to Preserving Karst Environments and Karst Caves with findings on how to best preserve fragile and vulnerable karst environments, which find themselves under increasing anthropogenic pressure.
The studies are driven by the necessity to devise a new international agreement to protect karst regions, which make up nearly 30% of continental land surface. Preserving Karst Environments and Karst Cavess cover topics ranging from karst dynamics, karst hosted mineral deposits, karst environments, archaeology and art, water resources, mining and tourism. Political issues, such as cave protection, land use planning and legal boundaries for cave and karst area protection are also touched upon.
While some major karst areas are already protected (e.g. those included in the World Heritage List) there are many features, often small and not scenically spectacular, which require specific international agreements in order to recognize and protected them. Preserving Karst Environments and Karst Caves proposes and details such an agreement.
Furthermore, the scientific and cultural value of karst regions, the anthropogenic pressure exerted on them, resource utilization and tourism, problems the legal status of caves and karst regions and the legislative framework relevant to karst environment and heritage preservation are discussed in detail. Preserving Karst Environments and Karst Caves is profusely illustrated with 126 diagrams, schemas and photos and includes 14 tables.
Preserving Karst Environments and Karst Caves not only addresses karst researchers and cavers, but is of wider interest to geographers and geologists, who are worried about the future of karst regions. It also addresses administrators, politicians and conservation activists, who are not specialists in karst science, but whose activity has substantial influence on the practical realization of international conservation agreements.
Preface / Trofimova, Elena p. 1
- Towards an international protection system for karst environments background / Trofimova, Elena p. 3-15
- Location, nature and extent of karst environments at a global scale / Trofimova, Elena; Hada, Asami p. 17-33
- Karst dynamic system and the carbon cycle / Cao, Jianhua; Hu, Bill; Groves, Chris; Huang, Fen; Yang, Hui; Zhang, Chunlai p. 35-55
- Caves and mineral deposits / Forti, P.; Onac, B.P. p. 57-102
- Karst environment / Culver, David C. p. 103-117
- The karst environment as an archive for documenting the past: some examples from Italy / Sala, Benedetto p. 119-127
- Archaeology in karst areas / Uomini, Natalie T. p. 129-138
- Art in caves / Bednarik, R.G. p. 139-152
- Modern resource use and its impact to karst water resources / Trappe, M. p. 153-174
- Modern resource use and its impact in karst areas – agriculture, forestry and grazing / Tanács, Eszter p. 175-198
- Modern resource use and its impact in karst areas – mining and quarrying / Parise, M. p. 199-216
- Tourism and show caves / Cigna, Arrigo A. p. 217-233
- Vulnerability and auto-restoration capacities of karst geoecosystems / Bárány-Kevei, Ilona p. 235-255
- The system nature of karst landscape and principles of cave protection resulting from it / Andreychouk, V. p. 257-291
- Development challenges in karst regions: sustainable land use planning in the karst of Slovenia / Gabrovšek, Franci; Knez, Martin; Kogovšek, Janja; Mihevc, Andrej; Otonicar, Janez Mulec Bojan; Perne, Matija; Petric, Metka; Pipan, Tanja; Prelovšek, Mitja; Slabe, Tadej; Šebela, Stanka; Ravbar, Nataša; Hajna, Nadja Zupan p. 293-318
- Legal Status of caves and karst areas / Middleton, Gregory J. p. 319-335
- Necessary qualities in legislation to protect karst areas / Middleton, Gregory J. p. 337-352
- Union Internationale de Spéléologie / Woo, Kyung Sik p. 353