Stronger Together: A Global Conversation

We open Karst 2020 with a conversation about building community – community on a local level as well as a community of professionals coming together for the health and well-being of all people and the environment – and how we do this in the context of sustainable development for the conservation of fragile karst resources.

While people throughout the world may share common goals and desires in their efforts to protect the natural world, in practice these efforts are surely informed by a range of cultural, political, economic, and other influences. In an open-ended discussion, we bring together a diverse group of panelists with a wide range of international experience in conservation, biodiversity, and ecosystem protection to share their perspectives on these ideas.


Sarah Gaines, University of Rhode Island, US Advisory Group on Geoheritage and Geoparks; USA

John Gunn, Chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Cave and Karst Working Group; UK

Eko Haryono, Faculty of Geography and Coordinator of the Karst Research Group, Universitas Gadjah Mada; Indonesia

Aleksandra Maran, Natural History Museum in Belgrade, Commission for the Geoheritage Conservation, Serbian Geological Society; Serbia

Tom Gilbert, retired from the US National Park Service and UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program; USA