POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 17-21, 2020.
Due to the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are postponing UNESCO Karst 2020 until August 17-21, 2020. The health and safety of our event attendees is a high priority, and with the growing number of travel restrictions for both academia and government, and multiple states declaring states of emergencies, we have determined that we could not in good conscience continue with the meeting in May. As much of the programming and planning is complete, we are hoping travel plans are flexible and most registrants will be able to attend in August. We anticipate that the schedule and most events will remain the same, pre-meeting field trip included, they will just occur August 15-21, 2020 rather than in May.
If you cannot attend the meeting in August, we will issue registration refunds and will be in touch by March 27 with details on how to request a refund. We appreciate your patience with this matter and will do our best to address this in a timely manner.
If you have made hotel reservations at the Hyatt Place or Holiday Inn, please contact those hotels directly to cancel or change your reservation.
If you are a presenting author or workshop facilitator that cannot make the August meeting, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This decision was not an easy one for the local committee. We are very disappointed that we cannot proceed as planned but we feel it is the right one given the current situation. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we work together to arrange a safe and healthy meeting later this summer.
All the best to each of you and we hope to see you in August.
UNESCO Karst Planning Committee
Western Kentucky University, the George Wright Society, and the Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve invite you to attend Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources: A Workshop on Sustainability and Community in Bowling Green, Kentucky to be held August 17-21, 2020.
The purpose of this meeting is to enhance communication and the sharing of ideas and resources between major international conservation and science programs that protect, study, or manage cave and karst resources. The meeting will bring together a diverse group of managers, scientists, educators, and community partners to share successes and challenges in promoting sustainability and community involvement while protecting fragile karst ecosystems.
All those interested in participating are welcome to join us. Below are major international conservation and science programs that will be represented:
Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
World Heritage Convention (WHC)
Global Geopark Network (GGN)
UNESCO/IUGS International Geoscience Program Project #661 (IGCP)
International Association of Hydrogeologists Karst Commission (IAH KC)
International Research Center on Karst under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCK)
UNESCO International Hydrological Program (IGHP)
International Geographical Union Karst Commission (IGU KC)
World Karst Aquifer Map (WOKAM) Program
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
IUCN Cave and Karst Working Group
**Note that although the meeting will include participants from UNESCO programs, the workshop is not sanctioned by UNESCO or the U.S. government.