Specialized organization of nature protection providing the protection of all the caves in Slovakia and in case of show caves their safe and sustainable use. The SCA was established in 1970, restored in 1990.
The Slovak Caves Administration is allowance organization under direct management of the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic. It works on tasks of cave protection, operation and development for opening to the public and on other uses of caves.
It takes care for the spaces and devices underground and in show caves entrance buildings including the maintenance. It also participates on methodic regulation of care for karst landscape and all caves in the Slovak Republic.
Every cave is natural monument according to the act of the National Council of the Slovak Republic no. 543/2002 of the Legal Codes On Nature and Landscape Protection. The 12 show caves have an important role among the educational localities. They represent important geomorphological phenomena with rich and specific flowstone, aragonite or ice fill, some of them with significant archaeological findings or cultural features. Since they are the most attacked caves by man, they require a special protection. Their sustainable use resides in observation of visitors’ influence on natural environment of caves, including its regulation. All show caves are designated national nature monuments. The Ochtinská Aragonite Cave, Domica Cave, Gombasecká Cave and Jasovská Cave are inscribed on the World Natural Heritage List since 1995 within the „Caves of the Slovak and Aggtelek Karst“ site, which was extended by the Dobšinská Ice Cave in November 2000.
The protection and operation of show caves in the Slovak Republic is carried out by the Slovak Caves Administration in Liptovský Mikuláš, as a specialized organization of nature protection under the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic.