World Heritage caves and karst: conservation and management

Free Public Lecture

World Heritage caves and karst: conservation and management

Lecture Theatre, 142 Pelham St, Carlton (near corner of Bouverie St)
Lecture Theatre, 142 Pelham St, Carlton (near corner of Bouverie St)
Lecture Theatre, 142 Pelham St, Carlton (near corner of Bouverie St)

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Caves and the karsts (soluble rock landscapes) that contain them have long been of importance to humanity. I first review the values of caves for humanity, including shelter, water supply, sacred space, minerals, rare and endangered species, palaeontology and increasingly for various forms of recreation. I examine the outstanding universal values relevant to the inscription of caves and karst on the World Heritage (WH) List, and the specific aspects of the WH Operational Guidelines that are relevant to the ongoing management of caves and karst. These relate to the site meeting criteria of integrity and having appropriate and effective protection and management systems in place. Examples of their implementation are provided from the Gunung Mulu NP in Sarawak and other WH sites. I finally review the global distribution of cave and karst World Heritage, including tentative WH sites, and make some suggestions for inclusions on the WH List.

Presenter

  • Professor David Gillieson
    Professor David Gillieson, Honorary Professorial Fellow, School of Geography