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Please support the declaration for cave protection in the European Parliament. 

Until 4th of December 2008 deputies of the European Parliament can sign a declaration for cave protection. Every speleological federation in Europe supports the declaration.

From November 11th to 12th 2008 an information stand will be in front of the plenary hall in Brussels. And a media conference will be held on the 11th. Only if the majority of deputies signs, we can establish cave protection all over Europe. 

Therefore we need your help: 

1. Look for your deputy in the European Parliament. Check out the link www.europarl.europa.eu and click on your country to see the names and the contact details of your national deputies. 

2. Please contact them and ask him/her to sign declaration "WD 66" for cave protection in Europe latest till December, 4th. You can translate the e-mail in the attachment for this purpose. Tell them about our information stand in Brussels from November 11th to 12th 2008. At www.cavedeclaration.eu you can download the declaration in all 20 languages of the European Union to send them with your e-mail. 

It would be even better, if you additionally call your deputy and write a personal letter (the deputies will answer to letters but not categorical to mails), in which you explain the problems in your national karst areas or maybe invite them to visit the caves in your region. 

3. Forward this e-mail to all speleo clubs, NGOs, speleologists, etc. and ask them to support this campaign. The more people become active, the more likely will we succeed! More information and downloads you can find at http://www.cavedeclaration.eu

The declaration "WD 66" for the protection of caves as cultural, natural and environmental heritage is also available at www.europarl.europa.eu
We printed postcards with four different motives for the stand in Brussels. If you are interested, you can order them at www.cavedeclaration.eu from the beginning of November. 

In addition, we can offer you the opportunity to visit the information stand in Brussels. On the 11th and 12th November each day up to 50 people can visit the stand for 3 hours. Interested persons have to send an e-mail with full address and date of birth to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If we receive too many requests, we will take into account the different countries proportionally. 

With pleasure we will hand out information material and little presents (like calendars) at our stand. If somebody would like to contribute something, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. till latest October 30th. Sponsors and supporters could be mentioned and a link set up at www.cavedeclaration.eu. 

If you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact us. 

Thanks a lot for your help and best speleo wishes, 

Christiane Grebe, Head of European Cave Protection Commission / FSE Jean Pierre Bartholeyns, President of the Department of Protection and Management / UIS  -- Christiane Grebe European Cave Protection Commission Fédération Spéléologique Européenne (FSE)