Western Kentucky University, the George Wright Society, and the Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve invite you to attend Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources: A Workshop on Sustainability and Community to be held online August 18-20, 2020. The meeting will be hosted via Zoom Web Conferencing.

The purpose of this meeting is to enhance communication and the sharing of ideas and resources between major international conservation and science programs that protect, study, or manage cave and karst resources. The meeting will bring together (virtually) a diverse group of managers, scientists, educators, and community partners to share successes and challenges in promoting sustainability and community involvement while protecting fragile karst ecosystems.

All those interested in participating are welcome to join us online. Below are major international conservation and science programs that will be represented:

Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
World Heritage Convention (WHC)
Global Geopark Network (GGN)
UNESCO/IUGS International Geoscience Program Project #661 (IGCP)
International Association of Hydrogeologists Karst Commission (IAH KC)
International Research Center on Karst under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCK)

International Geographical Union Karst Commission (IGU KC)
World Karst Aquifer Map (WOKAM) Program
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
IUCN Cave and Karst Working Group

**Note that although the meeting will include participants from UNESCO programs, the workshop is not sanctioned by UNESCO or the U.S. government.


Panel 1

Our team

Planning Committee

Lee Anne Bledsoe, Crawford Hydrology Laboratory, Western Kentucky University
Chris Groves , Crawford Hydrology Laboratory, Western Kentucky University
Autumn Forschler, Crawford Hydrology Laboratory, Western Kentucky University
Emily Dekker-Fiala , George Wright Society
Dave Harmon, George Wright Society
Rick Toomey, Mammoth Cave National Park
Bruce Powell, Mammoth Cave National Park
Pat Kambesis, Cave Research Foundation, International Projects
Tammy Younglove, Information Technology, Western Kentucky University

Advisory Committee

Augusto Auler
Chair, IAH Karst Commission 
Instituto do Carste & Carste Consultores Associados
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Zhang Cheng
Co-chair, IAH Karst Commission
UNESCO/IUGS IGCP Scientific Council
Karst Dynamics Laboratory
Ministry of Land and Resources
Guilin, China

Sarah Gaines
U.S. Geoheritage/Geoparks Advisory Group
Coastal Resource Center
University of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, USA

Tom Gilbert
National Park Service (retired)
Southern Appalachian MAB
Tennessee, USA

Nico Goldscheider
Professor, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute of Applied Geosciences
Division of Hydrogeology
Karlsruhe, Germany

John Gunn
Professor, University of Birmingham
Chair, Cave and Karst Specialist Group
Deputy Chair, Geoheritage Specialist Group
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
Birmingham, UK

Jim Lamoreaux
Chairman and Vice President
PELA GeoEnvironmental
Alabama, USA

Clayton Ferreira Lino
Brazilian Biosphere Reserve Network
President, National Council of Mata Atlântica Biosphere Reserve, Brazil

Cliff McCreedy
US Biosphere Reserve Program
National Park Service
Washington D.C., USA

Geary Schindel
Chief Technical Officer
Edwards Aquifer Authority
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Zoran Stevanovic
Co-chair, IAH Karst Commission
Centre for Karst Hydrogeology,
Department of Hydrogeology
Faculty of Mining & Geology,
University of Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia

Елена Трофимова
Chair, IGU Karst Commission
Senior Researcher,
Laboratory of Geomorphology
Institute of Geography
Russian Academy of Sciences
Moscow, Russia

Barclay Trimble
Mammoth Cave National Park
Chair, Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve Advisory Council
Kentucky, USA

Benjamin Tobin
Karst Hydrogeologist
Kentucky Geological Survey
University of Kentucky

George Veni 
Executive Director,
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
President, UIS Bureau
New Mexico, USA

Jiang Zhongcheng
Co-director, Institute of Karst Geology
Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences
Guilin, China




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