what every caver should know...
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.