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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.

aa all abilities [on the Calcified Ads page]
ACI Association of Caving Instructors
AONB Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
ASSI Area of Special Scientific Interest
BACI British Association of Caving Instructors
BCA British Caving Association
BCRA British Cave Research Association
BCRC British Cave Rescue Council
BSA British Speleological Association
BSAC British Sub Aqua Club
CC Caving Club
CCAG Cave Conservation and Access Group
CCPR Central Council for Physical Recreation
CG Caving Group
CCC Cambrian Caving Council
CCW Countryside Council for Wales [now NRW]
CDG Cave Diving Group
CHECC Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs
CIC Cave Instructor Certificate
CMAS Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques
CMG Cave Management Group
CNCC Council of Northern Caving Clubs
CREG Cave Radio & Electronics Group
CRG Cave Research Group
CRO Cave Rescue Organisation
CRT Cave Rescue Team
CSCC Council of Southern Caving Clubs
DCA Derbyshire Caving Association
DCUC Devon and Cornwall Underground Council
EH English Heritage
EN English Nature [now Natural England]
FEALC Federación Espeleológica de América Latina y el Caribe
[Speleological Federation of Latin America and the Caribbean]
FFS Fédération Française de Spéléologie
FoD Forest of Dean
FoDCCAG Forest of Dean Cave Conservation and Access Group
FRA Fell Rescue Association
FSE Fédération Spéléologique Européenne
FSUE Fédération Spéléologique de l'Union Europenne [now FSE]
GPF Ghar Parau Foundation
GPS Global Positioning System
HSE Health & Safety Executive
ICRO Irish Cave Rescue Organisation
IDO Interim Development Order
ISSA International Society for Spelaeological Art
LCMLA Local Cave/Mine Leader Assessment
MCR Mendip Cave Rescue
MLCMAC Mynydd Llangatwg Cave Management/Advisory Committee
MRO Mendip Rescue Organisation [now Mendip Cave Rescue]
NAMHO National Association of Mining History Organisations
NCA National Caving Association
NCC Nature Conservancy Council
NGR National Grid Reference
nmw new members welcome [on the Calcified Ads page]
NP National Park
NPA National Park Authority
NRW Natural Resources Wales
NSS National Speleological Society [of USA]
PADI Professional Association of Diving Instructors
PC Potholing Club
PDCMG Pwll Du Cave Management Group
PDO Potentially Damaging Operation [to an SSSI]
PICA Peak Instructed Caving Affiliation
RGS Royal Geographical Society
RIGS Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Site
RO Rescue Organisation
SA Speleological Association
SCW Sports Council for Wales
SG Speleological Group
SRT Single Rope Technique
SS Speleological Society
SSC Scottish Sports Council
SSSI Site of Special Scientific Interest
SUI Speleological Union of Ireland
SUICRO Speleological Union of Ireland/Cave Rescue Organisation
UCC University Caving Club
UIAA Union Internationale des Associations dAlpinisme
UIS Union Internationale de Spéléologie
Uni University