“Karst under protection – gift for the future” is a Bulgarian initiative, held since 2005, which in 2012 received support from UNESCO.

The Competition is organized by the Experimental Laboratory of Karstology (ELK) of the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography (NIGGG) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS).

In the four editions of the Competition held so far (2005, 2012, 2015 and 2019) there are participants from 20 countries.
The fifth edition of the Competition is held in support of the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) and is included in its program.
The International Year is an opportunity for wider global participation in the competition. It is maximally accessible without age restrictions and offers a large number of competition sections.
An additional incentive for participation is the international status of the competition, as well as the opportunity to express various skills and scientific interests, motivated and focused on karst and caves.
Active and multinational participation in the competition will provide a basis for serious analysis and guidelines for more effective promotion of the karst on a global scale, especially among young people.

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