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Beyond its sporting and scientific aspects, speleology is an activity that contributes to the economic development of territories. For this reason, it comes in different forms. The most popular is the showcaves whose existence is often the result of speleological discoveries. Other forms through karstic trails also participate in this offer. Finally, artificial structures are beginning to emerge in order to overcome the constraints of the natural environment and facilitate an approach to a wide audience. Its practices are often accompanied by educational projects taking place in a school setting.
Thus, depending on the different territorial contexts, a micro-economy is based on visits to caves, karstic landscapes and the practice of caving : the underground and karstic environment becoming an assumed and valued identity.
The papers for this symposium will question and testify to the place of speleology and speleologists in the economic development of territories. It is expected that the papers will deal with the following issues: territorial actors (public authorities, private entrepreneurs) and speleology, speleology as a factor of territorial revitalization, speleology as a vector of identity and a social link.
A specialized session « School projects about caves and caving” is proposed. Through contributions, the aim is to highlight educational projects linked to the practice of caving in schools from nursery school to university: caving and scientific culture, education in the karstic environment for sustainable development, caving and educational success, the fight against dropping out of school and the inclusion of young disabled people.