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Abbreviations used in Descent


Descent uses standard abbreviations within articles. Some appear widely in print, while others are directly applicable to the caving world. Expansions of those terms are provided here for reference; though not all are still extant, they may appear in older editions of the magazine.

aaall abilities [on the Calcified Ads page]
ACIAssociation of Caving Instructors
AONBArea of Outstanding Natural Beauty
ASSIArea of Special Scientific Interest
BACIBritish Association of Caving Instructors
BCABritish Caving Association
BCRABritish Cave Research Association
BCRCBritish Cave Rescue Council
BSABritish Speleological Association
BSACBritish Sub Aqua Club
CCCaving Club
CCAGCave Conservation and Access Group
CCPRCentral Council for Physical Recreation
CGCaving Group
CCCCambrian Caving Council
CCWCountryside Council for Wales [now NRW]
CDGCave Diving Group
CHECCCouncil of Higher Education Caving Clubs
CICCave Instructor Certificate
CMASConfédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques
CMGCave Management Group
CNCCCouncil of Northern Caving Clubs
CREGCave Radio & Electronics Group
CRGCave Research Group
CROCave Rescue Organisation
CRTCave Rescue Team
CSCCCouncil of Southern Caving Clubs
DCADerbyshire Caving Association
DCUCDevon and Cornwall Underground Council
EHEnglish Heritage
ENEnglish Nature [now Natural England]
FEALCFederación Espeleológica de América Latina y el Caribe
[Speleological Federation of Latin America and the Caribbean]
FFSFédération Française de Spéléologie
FoDForest of Dean
FoDCCAGForest of Dean Cave Conservation and Access Group
FRAFell Rescue Association
FSEFédération Spéléologique Européenne
FSUEFédération Spéléologique de l'Union Europenne [now FSE]
GPFGhar Parau Foundation
GPSGlobal Positioning System
HSEHealth & Safety Executive
ICROIrish Cave Rescue Organisation
IDOInterim Development Order
ISSAInternational Society for Spelaeological Art
LCMLALocal Cave/Mine Leader Assessment
MCRMendip Cave Rescue
MLCMACMynydd Llangatwg Cave Management/Advisory Committee
MROMendip Rescue Organisation [now Mendip Cave Rescue]
NAMHONational Association of Mining History Organisations
NCANational Caving Association
NCCNature Conservancy Council
NGRNational Grid Reference
nmwnew members welcome [on the Calcified Ads page]
NPNational Park
NPANational Park Authority
NRWNatural Resources Wales
NSSNational Speleological Society [of USA]
PADIProfessional Association of Diving Instructors
PCPotholing Club
PDCMGPwll Du Cave Management Group
PDOPotentially Damaging Operation [to an SSSI]
PICAPeak Instructed Caving Affiliation
RGSRoyal Geographical Society
RIGSRegionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Site
RORescue Organisation
SASpeleological Association
SCWSports Council for Wales
SGSpeleological Group
SRTSingle Rope Technique
SSSpeleological Society
SSCScottish Sports Council
SSSISite of Special Scientific Interest
SUISpeleological Union of Ireland
SUICROSpeleological Union of Ireland/Cave Rescue Organisation
UCCUniversity Caving Club
UIAAUnion Internationale des Associations dAlpinisme
UISUnion Internationale de Spéléologie
UniUniversity