The recreational value of caves is well known and has been exploited for economic benefit for many years. However, the situation is far from optimal and there is significant conflict between the different stakeholders (e.g. tour operators, local residents, management institutions and governments).
Some of the most common concerns brought up by stakeholders are the damage caused to caves by non-regulated visits, lack of certification for cave tour guides, or exceeding their carrying capacity due an insufficent offer.
CARIBSS aims to succesfully address these issues in order to enhance the experience for the cave visitors, and ensure the protection of the values contained in the caves.