International Year of Karst and Caves of UNESCO in 2021

Proposal: 2021 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF CAVES AND KARST 8 December 2018 The International Union of Speleology (UIS) proposes enthusiastically for UNESCO to establish 2021 as the International Year of Caves and Karst. The UIS is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Slovenia, dedicated to the exploration, study, and proper management of caves through international cooperation. The UIS is comprised of 54 member nations, most of which have already committed to hosting at least one major national event to promote the International Year of Caves and Karst. Caves are one of the Continue Reading


In June 2018 our organization plans to conduct an expedition, the main purpose of which is speleo biological research in the caves of Kyrgyzstan. At present, Kyrgyzstan is a developing country. Therefore, today, the Government has other tasks that are related to the economy and social development of the population. At the same time, environmental problems that are associated with the preservation of natural heritage, geological monuments and biological diversity, remain forgotten. The local population has to survive and earn a living. Problems of protection of unique monuments of nature Continue Reading


The Moldo-Too mountain ridge in the Inner Tien Shan, in the central part of Kyrgyzstan to the south of the Son-Kol lake. Moldo-Too mountain is located in the latitudinal direction from west to east, between the valleys of the large rivers Kokomeren and Naryn. The length of the ridge is about 150 km. The maximum height is 4185 m. This is the only ridge in Tien Shan, which is completely composed of limestone. Almost the whole range and its spurs are made up of limestones of Carboniferous age of rather Continue Reading


The Tuya-Muyun karst region is a fairly well-known area among geologists engaged in hydrothermocarst. Unique mineral formations of Tuya-Muyun were investigated by the international karstological-speleological expedition of the Pamiro-Alai -1989. Scientists geologists from 10 countries studied the geological structure of the Tuya-Muyun mountain range, and also carried out a series of studies of mineral formations of various genesis. Tuya-Muyun is represented by a hypogene karst. The limestone massif is part of the South-Fergana hydrothermomineral belt, which closes it to the east. Scientists have studied 8 caves with the formation of Continue Reading

Results of speleological project Speleostan-2017

The field part of the speleoproject Speleostan – 2017 is over. It is time to report, analyze and plan new expeditions for 2018. As a result of hard work in Kyrgyzstan for the first time international studies were conducted in several karst areas. Lebanese speleologists discovered 23 caves. The longest of them – “Bear’s Den” (length – 375 meters), the cave “Crystal” with crystals of quartz and many other interesting caves. The British expedition surveyed several karst sites on the Takta Boz massif, and in the Batken area, where more Continue Reading

An international meeting on speleology will be held in Turkey.

An international meeting on speleology will be held in Turkey. This is the fourth international meeting discussing the speleology of the middle- east region and its surroundings. Scientists and cavers from the region and beyond are invited to meet, discuss and prepare for future ventures Location: Turkey occupies a vibrant, attractive multi-cultural location linking europe to the middle- east, it is known for its hospitality, beautiful weather, breathtaking scenery, historical monuments and exceptional karst features Date: 3, 4, 5, 6 October 2018 Venue: Akdeniz University – Antalya

Declaration of Cooperation

Foundation for the Preservation and Exploration of Caves and Bulgarian Speleological Society signed a joint declaration on cooperation. In the intentions of our organizations, cooperation in the field of exploration and conservation of caves. Joint expeditions both in Kyrgyzstan and in Bulgaria, as well as joint participation in expeditions to karst areas of other countries. Cooperation plans include a summer school for training young speleologists in Kyrgyzstan, joint scientific projects. Many Bulgarian speleologists have long-time colleagues and friends of our Foundation, with whom four expeditions have already been conducted in Continue Reading

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