11th Philippine Caving Congress Concludes, Recommends Conservation

April 12, 2011

11th Caving Congress 2011Over 270 participants were in attendance at the recent 11th Philippine National Caving Congress held April 5th to 9th in Nueva Vizcaya. The participants who came from all over the country represented outdoor clubs, caving clubs, such as the Philippine Speleological Society (PSS), environmentalists and officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The participants were very impressed with the features of our cave systems because it is one of a kind in the country.

Their major recommendation at the end of the congress was the protection and preservation of the Capissaan caves. Attendees were specifically concerned with the lack of forest cover over some areas around the caves due to the clearing of land above the caves for agricultural purposes by the local villagers.

A management plan for the caves has already been submitted to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The next step is to start following it in order to ensure the conservation of the caves and their natural features.

Protection of world-class multi-cave systems pushed [Philippine Information Agency]

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