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The Speleo Club du Liban (SCL), in collaboration with the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (LNCSR), and under the patronage of the International Union of Speleolog (UIS), is organizing the THIRD MIDDLE EAST SPELEOLOGY SYMPOSIUM (MESS3) at the Holy-Spirit University of Kaslik, from 23 till 25 September 2011.

The Speleo Club du Liban (SCL) was founded in 1951 and has many achievements in the domain of speleology for which this association was awarded the "National Order of the Cedars" twice in 1969 and 2005. Furthermore, SCL is a founding member of the UIS, and Lebanon occupies an important rank in the speleology field in the region due to its
karstic geology and direct relation with the international organizations in this domain.

This Symposium tackles speleological, geological, hydrogeological, environmental, touristic, archaeological - scientific and sports subjects related to speleology and caving; as well as a complete section for Spele-media.

It comes in a period where ecotourism occupies an important role in the rural economy and water resources became a strategic material that necessitate preservation of its quality and sustainability.

This Symposium will widen the horizon of people working in social and environmental activities and sustainable development and will update their knowledge with the latest events and discoveries in the region, since MESS became an international recurring event in the domain of speleology.

Further to this symposium a caving trip will be organized to the lava tubes in Syria.

Kindly find attached to this mail, the Second Announcement giving more details about the symposium and including a registration form and the procedure for abstracts/extended abstracts submissions.

For further information, and for On-line registration or abstracts/extended abstracts submission, do not hesitate to visit our website:


Wishing your honorable presence,
Secretary MESS 3
Middle East Speleology Symposium 3
23 - 25 September 2011 http://www.speleoliban.com

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