Watson, John, ed. ; Hamilton-Smith, Elery, ed. ; Gillieson, David ; Kiernan, Kevin, ed.
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, Working Group on Cave and Karst Protection ; IUCN ; Australia, Environment Australia
Cave and karst landforms are distributed widely around the world. They have many values and are an integral component of the world's biodiversity. Some are habitats for a wide range of endemic species of flora and fauna, while others house rare and endangered species. Still others are the sources of rare minerals and some are important for resources such as groundwater, while some are venerated as sites of religious, spiritual and cultural importance. Many such landforms encompass one or many of these values. As special places, cave and karst landforms require special management. This small booklet has been prepared as a brief guide for planners, managers and users of cave and karst estates and provides general information and practical guidelines for the management of cave and karst ecosystems.