World Centre of Excellence

The application of World Centre of Excellence was called on 4 April 2016 and closed on 1st August 2016. The received application forms were evaluated by the objectives and criteria below and identified through the following steps of screenings, eligibility examination by ICL secretariat, technical evaluation by evaluation committee, and the preliminary examination at 12th session of IPL Global Promotion Committee held at UNESCO on 18 November 2016, and the evaluation from wider scope and endorsement by the Independent of Panel of Experts consisting of 5 members from UNU, UNESCO, and Disaster Reduction experts, and finally the following twenty recommended candidates of WCoEs were reported and approved by the Ad-Hoc IPL-Global Promotion Committee on 29 May 2017 at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The list of WCoEs 2017-2020 was released and certificates were awarded by the chair of the IPL-GPC, Qunli Han (UNESCO) in the Recognition of ICL and IPL Activities session of the Fourth World Landslide Forum held in Ljubljana on 30 May 2017.

Objectives of WCoE:

To strengthen the International Programme on Landslides (IPL) and IPL Global Promotion Committee;
To create “A Global Network of entities contributing to landslide risk reduction”;
To implement the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025 for global promotion of understanding and reducing landslide disaster risk; and
To improve the global recognition of “Landslide Risk Reduction” and its social-economic relevance, and entities contributing to this field.

Criteria for WCoE Candidates:

Governmental and non-governmental entities such as universities, agencies, and other institutions, and their subsidiary entities (faculties, departments, centres, divisions or others) which meet the following two conditions:

• Contributing to “Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction”; and

• Willing to support IPL intellectually, practically and financially by either joining ICL or/and contributing to IPL-GPC and promote “landslide research and disaster risk reduction” on a regional and/or global scale in a mutually beneficial manner.


WCoE Title

Leader Country Organizations


Landslide Monitoring and Critical Infrastructure

Application Form

Peter Bobrowsky Canada Geological Survey of Canada


Scientific research for mitigation, preparedness and risk assessment of Landslides

Application Form

Yueping Yin China China Geological Survey


Formation mechanism research, disaster warning, and universal education of landslides in permafrost regions

Application Form

Wei Shan China Institute of Cold Regions Science and Engineering, Northeast Forestry University


Landslide Risk Reduction in the Adriatic-Balkan Region through the Regional Cooperation, Croatian Landslides Group

Application Form

Snjezana Mihalic Arbanas

Zeljiko Arbanas

Croatia Croatian Landslide Group from University of Zagreb and University of Rijeka


Landslide risk assessment and development guidelines for effective risk reduction – continuation

Application Form

Vit Vilimek Czech Republic Charles University, Faculty of Science & Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics Czech Academy of Sciences


Enhancement of the existing Real-time Landslide Monitoring and Early warning System in Western Ghats & Himalayas, India.

Application Form

Maneesha V Ramesh India Amrita University


Development of Community-based and Most Adaptive Technology for Landslide Risk Reduction

Application Form

Dwikorita Karnawati Indonesia University of Gadjah Mada


ATLaS: Advanced Technologies for LandSlides

Application Form

Nicola Casagli Italy Department of Earth Sciences, University of Firenze (DST-UNIFI)


Methods and tools for landslide forecasting and risk mitigation and adaptation strategies

Application Form

Fausto Guzzetti Italy Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica (IRPI), of the Italian National Research Council (CNR)


Landslide Hazards Mitigation Programs in the Korean Demilitarized Zone

Application Form

Sangjun Im Korea Korean Society of Forest Engineering


Landslide Quantitative Risk Analysis Study for Malaysia

Application Form

Che Hassandi


Malaysia Slope Engineering Branch, Public

Works Department of Malaysia


Landslides Integrated Research for Disaster Risk Reduction

Application Form


Alcántara Ayala

Mexico National Autonomous University of

Mexico (UNAM)


characterizing past and planned activities: Klima 2050 – Innovational methods for risk reduction associated to hydro-meteorologically induced landslides.

Application Form

José Cepeda Norway Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)


Central Asia rockslide inventory. Compilation and analysis

Application Form



Russia JSC “Hydroproject Institute”


Harmonization of Landslide Data and Local Communities Capacity Building for Landslide Risk Reduction

Application Form

Biljana Abolmasov Serbia University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology


Landslides in Weathered Flysch: from activation to deposition

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Ana Petkovšek Slovenia University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering (ULFGG)


Landslide risk reduction in Slovenia

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Mateja Jemec Auflic Slovenia Geological Survey of Slovenia


Model Policy Frameworks, Standards, and Guidelines on Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction

Application Form

A A Virajh Dias Sri Lanka Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB)


Characterizing past and planned activities: NBRO is the national focal point for landslide disaster risk management

Application Form

Asiri Karunawardena Sri Lanka National Building Research Organization


Implementation of National Slope Master Plan

Application Form

Oleksander Trofymchuk Ukraine The Institute of Telecommunication and Global Information Space (ITIGS) of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine (NASU)