Protection of Caves

Bozidar Vasiljevic

What are the prospects and the future course of protection of karst phenomena, including caves?

    Persistence in the current strategy of protection, which postulates this activity as a function of the state that enables it to protect the most valuable phenomena in the natural heritage. Changes in laws ensuring stronger legal support of the system of cave protection. Development of a system of caretaking in which the responsibilities and interests of the custodian-managers are more precisely designated. In this system, the custodian must more effectively represent the public interest in the matter of guarding, maintaining, and improving caves. Development of methods for investigation, repair, conservation, and improvement of caves through the work of competent institutions and organizations taking a multidisciplinary approach which ensures that all key characteristics of caves and pits are carefully evaluated and adequately treated. In connection with this, it is necessary to require fuller information about research and other planned activities and work in caves. Renewal and modernization of the Speleological Association of Serbia and establishment of a Cadastre of Caves. Livelier and more complete presentation of the natural characteristics and cultural-historical aspects of caves and pits, together with discussion of problems involved in their protection and results achieved by it. Systematic work on development and advancement of the scientific and educational functions of these natural resources. Formulation of effective financial instruments for the funding of work involved in guarding, maintenance, improvement, and presentation of caves (Vasiljevic B., 1997).