PartIV International Events of
Relevances to IGCP448
Asia-Pacific Forum on Karst Ecosystem and World Heritage, Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak,Malaysia, 26-30 May 2001,
IUCN (The World Conservation Union)
Regional Forum on Karst Ecosystems and World Heritage –Gunung Mulu National Park
A regional meeting will investigate the global significance of biodiversity specific to karst sites, with particular reference to tropical Asia-Pacific, in order to establish more karst ecosystems as World Heritage Areas. The Forum will meet from26-30 May 2001 in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, which features some of the most spectacular karst landforms in Southeast Asia. The park was inscribed as a national World Heritage Area in December 2000.
Expanding World Heritage
The UNESCO World Heritage Convention promotes the conservation of biodiversity. In fact, the recent ‘World Heritage Forests’ report states that the Convention is the most cost-effective way to conserve tropical forest biodiversity of ‘outstanding universal value’.
The United Nations Foundation (UNF) supports such World Heritage Biodiversity Sites. UNESCO and UNF aim to include “hitherto inadequately represented ecosystem themes’ into the programme of work on protected areas, to be reviewed and adopted by the 7th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological diversity (CBD) in 2004.
Karst ecosystems have not been properly recognized for their biodiversity value. Only a few karst areas in Asia have been designated as World Heritage Areas, mainly for other reasons than biodiversity, and several limestone areas with caves have been recognized for cultural values only.
The discussions will be guided by a paper by the Working Group on Cave and Karst Protection, an informal group of scientists, managers and speleologists, which is part of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). The WCPA is the leading global network of protected area experts with over 1000 volunteer members in 160 countries.
The background paper will:
- Provide information about the main karst areas in Asia-Pacific
- Review existing karst World Heritage Areas and discuss their biodiversity values
- Discuss critical management issues in karst areas and recommend actions
- Identify additional karst areas that could be designated as World Heritage Areas.
The meeting will involve global experts and representatives from the main karst areas in Asia and the Pacific.
The participants will discuss critical management issues, identify possible new karst World Heritage Areas in Asia and develop methods and techniques for regional comparative assessments to justify the uniqueness of an area.
At least one project proposal will be drafted for a cluster of karst areas or a trans-border karst plateau with globally significant biodiversity, and a network of karst managers will be established.
Karst is the result of limestone erosion and solution. Karst landscapes house many endemic forms of life. Southeast Asia is one of the areas in the world with the most extensive karst areas, due to the extent of limestone formations and the favourable climate.
Newsletter of International Biospeological Society,
March 9, 2001
from President Giuseppe Messana
The latest General Assembly of the Society was held in the birthplace of biospeleology, Cluj in Romania, July 14-23, 2000. There were several reasons to participate to the meeting “Karst Studies and Problems: 2000 and Beyond” organized by the Friends of Karst in occasion of the 80th anniversary of the “Emil Racovita” Speleological Institute. I would like to thank the organizers, our colleague Oana Moldovan who took care of the biospeleological section and Bogdan Onac for the speleological one, for the impressive organizing effort they made and the opportunities they gave the participants to see such an interesting karstic area of our planet. I have only one complain, the climate was not as summery as one would expect in July!!!
During the meeting our Society was requested to participate to the UNESCO-IGCP project “World Karst Ecosystems” whose next meeting will be in Peking August, 2001 (details might be found at the following Web address:
Several interesting presentation by young researchers dealt with the new frontiers of research, such as the contribution of microorganisms to the genesis of speleothemes or the genetics of subterranean populations. The contribution of Ionel Tabacaru, a systematician of the classical school, showed how research could be at the highest levels with little funding but great culture and passion.
The workshop, Mapping Subterranean Biodiversity organized by our colleagues Culver Deharveng and Gibert, at the Laboratoire Souterrain du CNRS in Moulis, France, from March 18-20, 2001 is the first meeting of the year to which most of us will participate for the extreme interest of the argument, one of the primary goals of the Society itself.
The organization of the XV International Symposium of our Society, to be held in Intervales (Sao Paulo State, Brazil) is proceeding and I imagine you should already have received the second circular. I hope most of you will participate, full of good ideas and enthusiasm.
Together with the Council of the Société and the help of any member willing to cooperate, we are trying to develop our Society towards its better visibility and presence both at national and international level, participating to projects and in finding out the instruments to sustain and held the young students of subterranean biology, the only guarantee for the Society’s healthy future
Encyclopedia of Cave and Karst Sciences, Edited by John Gunn, to be published in Dec. 2002 by Fitzroy Dearborn Pubishers
The Encyclopedia of Cave and Karst Science will be a one-volume work of about 1000 large-format pages, and will contain about 350 entries arranged alphabetically. The major topics are archaeology and rock art, biospeleology, conservation and management, history, geosciences and resources, though the largest number of entries will be on world cave and karst sites or regions. The Encyclopedia will also be illustrated with photographs, tables, maps and diagrams, and will have a comprehensive index.
List of entries
The List of entries can be viewed on the project's website
(http:// www.fitzroydearborn.com/london/cave.htm, select List of Entries) or, if you prefer, can be sent to you as an attached file (in Word97) or by post. Entries in the Encyclopedia will be presented in A-Z order, with cross-references where useful to related entries. The Editor has drawn up the entry list with advice from the international Board of Advisers, whose names are listed on the website.
Format and style of entries
Each entry will consist of an analytical essay (usually of 1000 words although some longer survey entries are planned) with a list of further reading. You can read a sample entry on the website (further specimen essays will be added, see
http://www.fitzroydearborn.com/london/cave.htm, select Sample Entries) to give you an idea of the general format and style that we are looking for. Full guidelines on style and preparing diagrams are also on the Encyclopedia website.
How to take part
If you would like to contribute to the Encyclopedia, please read the list of entries and let us know which entries you would be interested in writing. Please also indicate the maximum number of entries you could write, and your order of preference, as there is bound to be considerable duplication of choice among potential contributors and we may not be able to assign you all the entries of your choice. The assignment of entries to contributors will be made by mid April, so please send us your choice of entries as soon as possible. The deadline for submission of articles will be 1 September 2001.
Please contact us with your choice of entries, by reply email or by post or fax:
Encyclopedia of Cave and Karst Science
Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers
310 Regent Street
London W1B 3AX
Fax: +44 (0)20 7636 6982
Terms for contributors
For a standard-length essay (1000 words) contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the Encyclopedia on publication (its retail price will be about ￡105/$155). Contributors will also be paid, on publication, at the rate of ￡50/$75 per thousand words for any writing over the initial thousand Every contributor's name will appear at the end of his/her essay(s). Contributors will be listed in the front of the book, and credits, with details of academic affiliations, will appear at the back.
Finally, a few words about the editor and the publishersl John Gunn is an active caver and cave scientist who is Professor of Geographical & Environmental Sciences and Director of the Limestone Research Group at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is Joint Editor of the journal Cave and Karst Science and Chairman of the International Geographical Union's Karst Commission.
Fitzroy Dearborn, which has offices in Chicago and London, was founded in 1994 to commission and produce high-quality reference books. Previous Fitzroy Dearborn publications, a number of which have gained awards, include the Encyclopedia of Paleontology (edited by Ronald Singer, 1999) and the Encyclopedia of Genetics (edited by Eric C.R. Reeve, April 2001). Full information on these and other titles can be found at http://www.fitzroydearborn.com.
If you experience any difficulty reaching the project website and it would be helpful to have Word files of the list and sample entries emailed to you as attachments or sent by post if you prefer, please just let us know, using the contact details above.
We hope that you will be able to take part in what we believe to be an exciting and useful project. If however you cannot, but have colleagues who may be interested, please feel free to pass this information on to them or direct them to the project's website at