From: "Carolina Anson"
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2004 8:30 AM
Subject: Cave Protection in Arabia
Hi!!! How are you?
I'm speleologist from Brazil, nice to meet you.
Congratulations for website, it's very interesting.
Sorry for my English, I'm not very well at this
language. I'd like to know if there are laws or rules
to protect caves in Saudia Arabia. I'm doing my post
graduation at environmental law, and I'm going to write
about speleological asset protection. To know
environmental laws in different countries is very
important to me.
Thank you! See you!
It is good to see people like you working on the protection of caves around
To my knowledge, Saudi Arabia has no law specifically for cave protection.
However, I am told that recently a government agency has contacted all
regional authorities asking them to protect caves in their areas.
There is a project to put fences and/or gates around certain Saudi caves and
I hope it will not be long before this is implemented.
An area with a huge concentration of limestone caves is now linked to
Riyadh, the capital, by new highways. This has resulted in serious damage to
caves and cave formations. We cavers have been shocked again and again by
garbage, graffiti and discovering that all kinds of lovely stalactites have
been broken off and carried away.
Isn't it sad?
John and Susy Pint