German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)



The International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm (INA) offers around 60 workshops, closed meetings, conferences and training courses every year on issues of national and international nature conservation, many in cooperation with other organisations. These bring together representatives from authorities and science, politics and business, associations and foundations as well as students from all over the world to exchange ideas and jointly develop new solutions for the conservation of nature.

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Some of the events are aimed at a specific audience and are not open to the public. Therefore, kindly check the details of the target group for each event. Please also note that the specified conference periods include one day of arrival and one day of departure.

Due to the corona pandemic, all INA events will be conducted online for the time being. We will contact you by e-mail if an event for which you have registered is cancelled or postponed. We are available for you by phone (+49 38301 86-141) or e-mail (

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6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium "Assessing, monitoring and protecting cave biotopes and geotopes through Natura 2000 or similar programs in Europe"

26/10/2021 - 30/10/2021

European Cave Protection Commission, European Speleological Federation German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
BfN: Ute Feit ECPC: Bärbel VOGEL (DE) Jean-Claude THIES (LU)
Target audience
Invited ave experts or the main responsible persons for monitoring caves, one from each FSE member state's speleological organisation and from the official administration responsible for the reporting, to exchange experience, practical issues, crossborder coordinations, monitoring and reporting issues. Applications will be assessed.

Caves and Karst are important features of the European landscape and have intrinsic natural beauty and value. However they are constantly exposed to numerous human impacts, directly inside the cave environment or indirectly in the associated surrounding. Karst regions suffer from destruction, air and water pollution associated mainly due to forestry, agricultural chemicals, quarries, landfills, mining, urban and rural development and uncontrolled mass tourism.
The degree of destruction of a cave habitat may be detected directly or indirectly via a systematic monitoring of biospeleological life forms.
The 2020 EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium's theme of "Assessing, monitoring and protecting cave biotopes and geotopes through Natura 2000 or similar programs in Europe" will focus on scientific and technical aspects of cave and karst monitoring and assessment, protection and conservation, through speleological inputs, exchange of best practice and sharing of knowledge.
It should give an overview about Natura 2000 type 8310 ''habitat caves not open to public" monitoring procedures in EU member states and similar programs in non-EU countries. Main aspects will be monitoring, evaluation and cooperation through borders. It will address appropriate management measures to restore or maintain a favourable conservation status.

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Last Change: 22/09/2021