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IRCK carries out caves cleaning activity in Guilin Karst World Natural Heritage Site

Published Time:2021-03-09

2021 is the International Year of Caves and Karst. “To explore, understand and protect” are defined as the objectives for this initiative. To raise public awareness of karst and better protect karst caves, an activity of cleaning caves in Guilin Karst World Natural Heritage Site was jointly organized by IRCK, the Management Committee of Lijiang River Famous Scenic Spot Management Area, the Speleological Committee of Geological Society of China, and Asian Union of Speleology.

This activity took place at Guanyan scenic spot of Guilin Karst Heritage Site. Before the event, Prof. Zhang Yuanhai, secretary general of the Speleological Committee of the Geological Society of China and president of the Asian Union of Speleology, briefed the geomorphic characteristics of the areas surrounding the heritage site and the cave development and protection. Then, Qin Rongjun, senior engineer and deputy director of the Management Committee of Lijiang River Famous Scenic Spot Management Area, introduced the process of applying for Guilin Karst Natural Heritage Site and the significance of protecting the landscapes in Guilin. After that, the volunteers began to clean the waste in Guanyan Karst Cave and along the two banks of Lijiang River. They also introduced information on the International Year of Caves and Karst to the tourists to help promote knowledge on karst and protect karst reasonably.

As an important international organization in karst, IRCK has been committed to addressing the resource and environmental issues in karst areas by conducting scientific research, technical training and karst-related science education. In 2021, it was actively engaged in the opening ceremony of the International Year of Caves and Karst, and provided video for the ceremony. In the near future, IRCK will continue to support the activities of the International Year of Caves and Karst in 2021, and will work with other international organizations and research institutions to protect the rare karst resources.