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CAVE PROTECTION 

what every caver should know...

 


 
Extreme precautions while visiting a fragile cave Cave protection is a very large and complex topic. 
Although a lot of its (mainly environmental) aspects can not be handled by cavers alone, we cavers can also make a difference.   The way we visit and move around in caves, things we do to really protect caves (taping off routes or formations, gating), actions we take to make the non-caving community (the public) aware of cave protection problems, the way we handle "commercial cave tours", ... are just a few examples of how we, cavers, can contribute.   
In the next pages you will find a lot of information about cave protection.  I hope you enjoy reading it, and I even more hope that it will make you think and act differently.  
 
NB: these pages are very recent.. the English translation is still going on.  
 
"Cave protection: some thoughts, tips and actions"a slide presentation of more than 60 slides that covers most aspects of cave protection:  protecting formations, cleaning formations, gates, electric light, "soft caving rules".  You can download this slide-show for free and you can distribute and use it everywhere to educate other cavers. The slide-show exists in English, French and Dutch. 
 
 
Cave protection: what can we do ourselves: an article covering some aspects of caving in Belgium in a cave-friendly way.  
 
 
Taping of trails and taking care of formations:  an article about the techniques of taping off formations and taking care  or cleaning of formations.
 
Impossible or not? Is protecting caves really so difficult?
 
Serdu's Code of Honour: a unique series of 15 cartoons by Serdu, illustrating the Caver's Code of Honour
 

 
 

 
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