The International Training Course
on Karst Hydrogeology and Karst Ecosystem
The course, sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce, China, and organized by International Research Center on Karst Under the Auspices of UNESCO(IRCK) jointly with Institute of Karst Geology(IKG), was held in Guilin, China, from November 8 to December 5, 2009. 17 participants from 8 countries were involved in this course, including Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia,? Romania, Peru. 25 instructors were invited for giving lectures, in which 10 from 8 countries outside China, such as Australia, USA, Austria, Canada, etc. the others are from universities and institutes in China. 4-day excursion in stone forest (Shilin-World natural heritage Site, UNESCO), Kunming, Yunnan Province, also was carried out during the course. Every trainee was required to give a presentation on karst feature and relevant environmental problems in his own country in order to assess the effect of training course.
The main content of the training course covers: karst dynamic system, karst hydrogeology and karst ecosystem, including the concept, structure and function of karst dynamics system; karst landscape and formation environment; karst underground river drainage basin and tracing technique; the quality and quantity of karst groundwater; karst groundwater monitoring and resources evaluation; application of isotopes in karst hydrology, etc.
Some of participants express their strong willing to cooperate with IRCK and to be involved in karst related IGCP project. 2 MOU on international cooperation were initialed, cooperative fields include karst water chemistry, trans-boundary aquifer monitoring and management, carbon cycle monitoring and carbon sink estimation, stalagmite and paleoenvironment reconstruction, etc. so the IRCK is not only a platform for training professionals from developing countries but also an effective way to initial and complement international (Both bilateral and multilateral )cooperation.