PRESENTATION AND AIMS
As part of the International Year of the Caves and Karst , organized by the In ternational Union of Speleology (UIS) to celebrate caves and karst intern ationally and teach the world about their importance, the International Scientific Conference "Man and Karst " is organized in Sicily from 12th to 17th September 2022.
The extreme north-western sector of Sicily, where this event will be he ld, which geographically belongs to the Monti di Capo San Vito in the Province of Trapani, represents an outstanding example
for the comprehensive understanding of karst. Here we will explore pure karst landscapes, caves and spectacular and evocative Mountains and their profound relationship with Man.
In this context, the common relationship of Mediterranean Elimi peoples with its own peculiar karst environment has been represented for centuries, in the past with a wisely and naturally sustainable use of its resources, nowadays in an increasingly conflictual way, as dramatically devastating of its precious resources, first of all th e karst waters and caves threat ened by heavy degradation and contamination inclusive from waste waters or microplastic, for a senseless and inconsiderate use of
For all this, Man and Karst 2022 in Sicily , in the same way as the prev ious past edition, held in Ragusa in 2019, wants to give a contribution to the knowledge, enhancement and safeguard of the
karst landscape and caves with its ecosystem and historical-anthropological resources as a whole, as an instrument and optimal function of scientific research, not as often for its own sake or for the sake of a few users, but rather, at the service and for the benefit of the whole community.