August 1997, Addendum August 2001
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To avoid misunderstanding by indigenous and local people, government and
local and national caving organizations in the country in which the proposed
cave exploration or scientific investigation is to take place, the
In many cases it will be necessary to obtain official permission from
the authorities in the country being visited. In addition, inform the national
speleological organisation of the country to be visited. If there is no
national organisation contact the
If possible organise joint expeditions with cavers from the country to be visited. The national speleological organisations will be familiar with the official requirements for visiting expeditions. They will be well-versed in the requirements for the lodging of expedition reports and other published material, and the regulations pertaining to the removal of materials by the expedition from the caves and to other countries for scientific studies.
The expedition members should respect the laws of the country and local traditions and understand that some caves may be sacred sites and be of religious and/or cultural significance; exploration and research studies in these caves may be restricted.
The expedition members should not damage either the karst or its caves. They should where possible educate and advise local communities in the protection and preservation of their karst and caves.
Samples from the caves and karst collected by the expedition should only be taken out the cave and country if the correct export procedures are followed and their export is permitted.
Copies of all printed material produced by the expedition, together with
the location and maps of the caves should be sent to the participating caving
clubs and the national speleological organisation and/or the
Before undertaking an expedition to a region, a group should do research on previous work or current explorations by local or foreign cavers, in order not to interfere with current projects.
Credit for previous explorations should be given in expedition reports.
If several groups happen to be working in the same area, then the opportunity should be taken to learn from each other and to coordinate further work.
Accepted by the
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