Edition of ICL Journal “Landslides” and ICL Books

Edition of ICL Journal “Landslides”

LandslidesJournal of the International Consortium on Landslides” was founded as a quarterly journal in April 2004 with cooperation from Springer. It is the first full color scientific journal in the world without a contribution fee. It includes articles on both the science and technological aspects of landslides. Full color images of landslides convey information which may be understood by landslide researchers with different backgrounds.

Link to the Springer’s  “Landslides page” http://www.springerlink.com/content/1612-510x/ 

ICL Books edited by ICL Secretariat

1. Landslides-Risk Analysis and SustainableDisaster Management (Eds: Sassa K., Fukuoka H., Wang F. and Wang G.) in 2005. Link to Springer
2. Progress of Landslide Science (Eds: Sassa K., Fukuoka H., Wang F. and Wang G.) in 2007. Link to Springer
3. Landslides-Disaster Reduction (Eds: Sassa K. and Canuti P.) in 2008. Link to Springer
4. IPL books is under edition as below.

ICL Secretariat is editing IPL book in 2011 and distribute them in the 10th anniversary of ICL on 17-20 January 2012 for the basic information of IPL projects. The book cover explaining the objectives, one of forward of the book and the content is shown below.

Kyoji Sassa *Badaoui Rouhban *Salvano Briceno *Mauri McSaveney* Bin He

Landslides- Global Risk Preparedness

-International Programme on Landslides-

This book summarises the global landslide risk preparedness implemented through the International Programme on Landslides (IPL). IPL was founded by the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) in 2002, and developed as a joint international programme by the IPL Global Promotion Committee (UNESCO, WMO, FAO, UNISDR, UNU, ICSU and WFEO as well as ICL) through implementation of the 2006 Tokyo Action Plan.

The material consists of Part I: Outline of the International Programme on Landslides, and four parts on IPL Projects: Part II – Joint coordinating projects, Part III – Projects by World Centres of Excellences, Part IV – Projects on Risk assessment technology, and Part V – Projects on risk management and capacity development.

Professor Kyoji Sassa is the first President of the International Consortium on Landslide which consists of 53 organizations from 32 countries. He is Executive Director of ICL, a deputy chair of the IPL Global Promotion Committee, and Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University.

Dr. Badaoui Rouhban is Director, Section for Disaster Reduction at UNESCO, and a deputy chair of the IPL Global Promotion Committee. He drafted the 2002 Kyoto Declaration “Establishment of an International Consortium on Landslides.

Mr. Salvano Briceno is the former Director of UNISDR (2001-2011). He is currently the senior advisor of ICL and the chair of the IPL Global Promotion Committee. He contributed to the development of ICL and IPL as the Director of UNISDR from the beginning.

Dr. Mauri McSaveney is Senior Engineering Geomorphologist with GNS Science. He has been an Editorial Board member of Landslides, Journal of the International Consortium on Landslides since its inception.

Dr. Bin He is an associate professor of the Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research(CPIER) and a researcher in the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University.


Landslides – Global Risk Preparedness
Kyoji Sassa

This book presents the global landslide risk preparedness implemented through the International Programme on Landslides (IPL) at the opportunity of the 10th anniversary of the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), and provides sources to plan the further development of landslide research and capacity development within the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

The International Consortium on Landslides was established during the UNESCO-Kyoto University joint symposium “Landslide risk mitigation and protection of cultural and natural heritage” on 21st–25th January 2002 in Kyoto, Japan. This symposium was organized as a milestone meeting of the IGCP (International Geosience Programme) No.425 project “Landslide Hazard Assessment and Cultural Hertage“ starting from 1998. This project is very successful in co-ordinating and promoting landslide research of the participating members of this project. However, IGCP projects terminate after 5 years. The leaders of the IGCP-425 subprojects were willing to create a stand-alone international scientific programme on landslides. UNESCO, WMO, FAO, UNISDR and the Goverment of Japan, which supported IGCP-425 and also the International Newsletter on Landslides “Landslide News published and distributed worldwide by the Japan Landslide Society during 1987-2003, participated in this initiative to creat a new international organization on landslides to host a new international scientific programme on Landslides. Six representatives from different divisions of UNESCO, the deputy Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),technical advisor of UNISDR, and repersentatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO in addition to the subproject leaders were present. The Statutes of a new International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) were drawn up and adopted. The International Consortium on Landslides was established by the 2002 Kyoto Declaration “Establishment of an International Consortium on Landslides“ drafted by Dr. Badaoui Rouhban, Director for Disaster Reduction of UNESCO. 

During 2002, 33 member organizations were registered to ICL and their representatives joined the first session of the Board of Representatives of ICL held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in 19th– 21th November 2002. At this meeting the initial 25 projects of the International Programme on Landslides (IPL) were adopted. The core project (No.100) was “Landslides: Journal of International Consortium on Landslides“, and No.101 “Landslide Risk evaluation and mitigation in cultural and natural heritage“ which continued some of the IGCP projects in parallel to IGCP-425. The International Programme on Landslides at this stage was a progrmme of ICL, with support from UNESCO, WMO, FAO, UNISDR. This programme was developed into a joint global programme by ICL and five UN organizations and two global stakeholders for Science and Technology (ICSU and WFEO).

The United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) was organized on 18th–22nd January 2005 in Kobe, Japan. ICL organized a thematic sesssion on IPL and participants agreed to establish a global network of reseach and learning on earth-system disasters, focusing on landsides. Based on this agreement, all partners joined in a Round Table Discussion at the United Nations Unviersity, Tokyo from 18th–20th January 2006 and agreed to form a new International Programme on Landslides (the current IPL) in the 2006 Tokyo Action Plan Strengthening Research and Learning on Landslides and Related Earth System Disasters for Global Risk Preparedness”. The current IPL is an international joint programme by the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the United Nations University (UNU), the International Council for Science (ICSU), and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO). 

ICL will meet for its 10th anniversary on 21st January 2012. Landslides are not a major component in most organizations and scientific disciplines; they involve many organizations and scientific fields. The necessity of landslide research and capacity development is vitally important for development and sustainability in mountainous countries and regions. The necessity can only increase for the next decade of ICL in 2012–2022.

I am deeply appreciative of the contributions from our partners of UNESCO, WMO, FAO, UNISDR, UNU, ICSU, WFEO and all of my colleagues in ICL for the development of IPL up to now. I would request all organizations and individuals to support IPL for landslide-risk preparedness, either by voluntary contribution to IPL activities or by joining the ICL as a thematic Landslides platform in the UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Director of the International Consortium on Landslides


Preface from Sassa (ICL)
Foreword from Rouhban (UNESCO)
Foreword from Salvano (UNISDR)

Part I  IPL Programme

Part II Joint Coordinating Projects

II-1  Early Warning of Landslides
II-2 Social Impact of IPL 101-1 “Landslide Investigation in Inca’s World Heritage, Machu Pichu, Peru”
II-3  Assessment of Global Landslide Hazard Hotspots   

Part III Projects by Word Centres of Excellence
III-1 The Landslide Handbook-a Guide to Understanding Landslides: A Landmark Publication for Landslide Education and Preparedness
III-2 International Summer School on Rockslides and Related Phenomena in the Kokomeren River Basin, Kyrgyzstan
III-3 SafeLand: Changing Pattern of Landslides Risk and Strategies for Its Management
III-4  Approaches to Landslide Risk Assessment in China
III-5 The Share of Landslides in the Occurrence of Natural Hazards and the Significance of El Niño in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Negra Mountains, Peru
III-6  Mechanism of Active Landslides in Flysch
III-7 A Numerical Modeling of Dip-slope Failure for Risk Assessment of Earthquake-induced Landslides
III-8 Approaches for Promoting Landslide Early Warming in a Changing Climate Scenario

Part IV Risk Assessment Technology
IV-1 Dynamics and Prediction of Earthquake and Rainfall-induced Rapid Landslides and Submarine Megaslides
IV-2 Low-cost and Simple Early Warning Systems of Slope Instability
IV-3 Slope Deformation Caused by Water-level Variation in the Three Gorges Reservoir, China
IV-4 Landslide Mechanisms and Protection of Highways in Frozen Regions of Northeast China
IV-5 Evaluation of Landslides in Uzbekistan Caused by the Joint Impact of Precipitation and Deep-focus Pamir-Hindu Earthquakes
IV-6  Modelling of Landslide Hazards in Kharkov Region of Ukraine Using GIS
IV-7 Landslide Inventory and Susceptibility Mapping in the Río Chiquito-Barranca Del Muerto Watershed, Pico de Orizaba Volcano, Mexico
IV-8 Landslides and Great Soil Volume Changes Affecting an Urban Area of Barranquilla, Colombia

Part V Risk management and Capacity development
V-1  Landslide Monitoring and Warning Systems in Mexico
V-2 Canadian Technical Guidelines and Best Practices Related to Landslides: a National Initiative for Loss Reduction
V-3 The Hybrid Socio-Technical System for Strategic Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia
V-4 The Croatian–Japanese Joint Research Project on Landslides: Activities and Public Benefits
V-5  Landslides in West Africa: Impact, Mechanisms and Management
V-6  Capacity Development for Landslides Risk Reduction in India