Find here the latest announcements from the European Cave Protection Commission:

14 November 2022

EuroSpeleo Protection Label 2023 – Call for Cave Protection Projects

It is with great pleasure that the FSE announces the next call for Cave Protection projects to receive the Label “EuroSpeleo Protection 2023” from the ECPC (the European Cave Protection Commission of the FSE).

The EuroSpeleo Protection Label is a European Speleological award managed by the ECPC, financed by the FSE budget. The EuroSpeleo Protection Label will help to promote amongst the speleological clubs of Europe, Cave Protection activities that are designed in an integrated ecological way, taking into account EU environmental directives, the principles of administration of the Natura 2000 sites and the IUCN Guidelines on caves and karst protection.

With what kind of projects can you apply?

The EuroSpeleo Protection Label will be awarded every year to one unique Cave Protection project. A European speleological jury established by the ECPC Board will make the selection. Any project aiming at protecting caves developed by a club, a local committee or a national commission from a member country of the FSE can apply.

What are the criteria to receive the FSE EuroSpeleo Protection Label and what is the prize?

There is no need for participation of cavers from different countries, but the application should be a quality project and the broadcasting of the project presentation and results should be made in a spirit that can be reproduced in other European regions and countries. The application should be sent to before 30th of April 2023, in English language.

The project must receive the approval from its national speleological organization, i.e. a letter of support from its national organisation, member of the FSE.

The reward for the label 2023 is 800.- EUR plus one caving gear from our FSE-sponsor
Aventure Verticale.

Please refer to the ESPL- Guidelines and Application Form published on the FSE site at:

Best Speleo Wishes, The ECPC team

03 November 2022

Seeking for contact with National Commissions

The European Cave Protection Commission would like to get in contact with all National commissions and working groups that work on the protection or conservation on caves and karst.

The goal is to add the email addresses of these bodies to the cave protection information system so that we can share information directly with the concerned colleagues.

In case that you have a dedicated email address or someone in charge, please send a short email to “” or fill out the form on our NEW internet site of the commission “”

Thank you for your cooperation. The ECPC Team

29 September 2022

NEW Website for the ECPC – European Cave Protection Commission

The European Cave Protection Commission is happy to announce that their new Homepage is now live and online.
After the renewing of the main FSE site the ECPC commission opted for a subsite with all its content.

Some work still has to be done but the main topics are already online.

You can access the site here:

In case that there is anything you would like to tell us, please use the email address or use the contact form on the site.

We would be pleased if you could spread the message among your organisations and networks.

Jean-Claude Thies; ECPC President

20 May 2022

ESPL2021 winner now also Natura 2000 Award winner

Two days ago I was invited to join the German Speleological Federation VdHK on its trip to Brussels for the Natura 2000 Award Ceremony from the EU Commission for Environment.

It is with great pleasure to announce you that the EuroSpeleo Protection Label 2021 winner, the “CaveLife App” Project from the German Speleological Federation VdHK has now also won the Natura 2000 Award in its category Crossboarder cooperation.
This is a great achievment for the cave protection in Europe and in the name of the FSE and ECPC, I would like to congratulate the VdHK for this award.

Getting such an award does not mean it’s a final honor, no it must be seen as a motivation for further struggles to raise cave protection into public and political awareness.

We used the opportunity of the Natura 2000 Award Ceremony to hand over a joint “open letter” from the VdHK together with the ECPC, to Mr. Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment,
Oceans and Fisheries, regarding the inclusion of geodiversity beside biodiversity in future protection measures.
We had as well a talk to Mrs. Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director General of DG Environment about the same topic.

Jean-Claude Thies; ECPC President