"Our world’s caves are places of wonder, mystery and majestic beauty. Show caves around the world are embracing their role in protecting and preserving caves and providing a place for people to learn about these special, natural, cultural and historical resources.

Show caves also play another important nature tourism role of sustainable economic development, providing jobs, and helping the economy of their regions.”

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The International Show Caves Association (I.S.C.A.) was founded in November 1990 and set up its central office in Genga, Italy. After the first Consitutent Assembly held in Frasassi (Genga Ancona, Italy) in November 1989, important events have contributed to the development and consolidation of the association.

Definition of a show cave

A show cave is defined as a natural occurring void beneath the surface of the earth that has been made accessible to the public for tours.

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26th International Karstological School "Classical Karst": Show Caves and Science

04. May 2018 Gazik Peter

We would like to inform you that the 26th International Karstological School "Classical Karst": Show Caves and Science will be held from 18th June, 2018 - 22nd June, 2018, in Postojna, Slovenia. Since 1993, the International Karstological School "Classical Karst" has been organised annually, covering many aspects of karst research. This year we will focus on research related to caves dedicated to tourism (show caves). The main aim is to present and discuss a wide range of speleological issues addressed by different scientific and technical disciplines that are deeply involved in sustainable show cave management (morphology, biology, meteorology, nature conservation...), the monitoring of natural conditions and tourist-related activities in show caves. We believe that there are many good and bad practices of adapting caves for tourism worldwide to discuss and to evaluate the role of science - at least at Classical Karst we have opportunity to share knowledge accumulated in nearly 200 years of using the Postojna Cave System for tourism.

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8th ISCA Congress - Frasassi Italy - Letter from President

04. May 2018 Wuest Brad

You are welcome to read our president's motivation letter.

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ISO proposal and statement of ISCA and UIS

03. May 2018 Wuest Brad

ISCA was addressed by UIS to express its opinion on the proposal to establish a Technical Committee on karst aiming at: "Standardization in the field of karst terminology, sustainable development of karst resources, environmental protection and management of karst environment, as well as investigation and assessment (including modeling methods and mapping of karst systems)". ISCA Board of Directors and UIS Bureau agreed on the mutual statement that can be found together with original ISO proposal if you follow the headline link.

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ISCA 8th Congress Frasassi Italy - Invitation and Registration

23. March 2018 Gazik Peter

We are very delighted to extend you our warm welcome to Italy for the “8th ISCA CONGRESS 2018 – FRASASSI-GENGA: A PLACE ISCA CALLS HOME” taking place in Frasassi - Genga / Fabriano from Friday, October 12th to Thursday, October 18th. Follow the detail of this news to find the pdf form, please.

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CavesLIVE Broadcast from Luray Caverns

19. March 2018 Wuest Brad

You can also WATCH NOW a 40-minute video, "CavesLIVE: Bringing Caves and Karst to Light", to learn about this rich underground ecosystem and cave ecology, geology, hydrology, and conservation, as well as human uses of caves.

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Workshop on Cave Lighting

12. December 2017 Gazik Peter

The objective of the workshop was to inform on new illumination strategies for underground objects, show caves and mines under different aspects.

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UIS Bulletin 59-1

03. July 2017 Gazik Peter

Dear members, we have the pleasure of receiving the link to the Volume 59-1 of the UIS Bulletin, sent by UIS adjunct secretary Mr. Nivaldo Colzato. The PDF Interactive format can be downloaded by clicking on the headline or inserting link: http://www.uis-speleo.org/downloads/uis-bulletins/uisb591.pdf into your web browser. Similarly, the previous issues are also available on the link: http://www.uis-speleo.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=81&Itemid=408

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News from Isturitz - France

16. May 2017 Darricau Joëlle

In support of preparation for the International Day of Subterranean World we would like to share with you our new web

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