World Centre of Excellence

15 World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Risk Reduction (WCoEs) 2011-2014 have been ideentified at the 6th Session of IPL Global Promotion Committee and released on the opening ceremony of the Second World Landslide Forum held at FAO on 3 October 2011.

The application of World Centre of Excellence was called on 3 December 2010. 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 evaluation from wider scope and endorsement by the Independent of Panel of Experts consisting of 5 members from UNESCO, UNU, ICSU, Landslide expert, Disaster Reduction expert, and finally the recommended candidates of WCoEs were reported and approved by the IPL-Global Promotion Committee.

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”; 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 “Risk Reduction for Landslides and Related Earth System Disasters”; and
• Willing to support IPL intellectually, practically and financially by either joining ICL or contributing to IPL-GPC and promote “landslide research and risk reduction” on a regional and/or global scale in a mutually beneficial manner.

Call for Application of WCoE 2011-2014



Leader Country, Institution 


Canadian Landslide Loss Risk Reduction Strategy and Implementation
Annual Report 2013
Peter Bobrowsky Geological Survey of Canada


Risk Assessment and Disaster Mitigation Code for Long Run-out Landslides
Annual Report 2013
Yueping Yin China Geological Survey


Scientific research for landslide risk analysis and international education for mitigation and preparedness
Annual Report 2013
Vit Vilimek Charles University, Faculty of Science, Czech Republic


Training, Research and Documentation on Landslides Risk Management
Annual Report 2013
Surya Parkash National Institute of Disaster Management, India


Development of Community-based and Most Adaptive Technology for Landslide Risk Reduction
Annual Report 2013
Dwikorita Karnawati Universitas Gadjah Mada


Research on landslide risk management harmonisation in support to European Union policy making
Annual Report 2013
Javier Hervás Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Italy


Advanced Technologies for Landslides
Annual Report 2013
N. Casagli, F. Catani Department of Earth Science, University of Florence, Italy


Development of a methodology for risk reduction of earthquake-induced landslides
Annual Report 2013
Keizo Ugai The Japan Landslide Society, Japan


Risk identification and land-use planning for disaster mitigation of landslides
Annual Report 2012
Hideaki Marui Niigata University, Institute for Natural Hazards and Disaster Recovery, Japan


Landslide monitoring and community based early warning systems
Annual Report 2013
Irasema Alcántara-Ayala National Autonomous University of Mexico


Research on mitigation of landslide risk and training of specialists
Annual Report 2012
Farrokh Nadim International Centre for Geohazards, Norway


Annual Summer School on Rockslides and Related Phenomena in Kyrgyzstan
Annual Report 2012
Alexander Strom Inst. of Geospheres Dynamics of Russian Academy of Sciences & Kyrgyz Institute of Seismology, Russia and Kyrgyz


Mechanisms of landslides in over- consolidated clays and flysch
Annual Report 2013
Bojan Majes University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering


Promoting Knowledge, Innovations and Institutions with South-South focus through a Regional network of Landslide Risk Reduction
Annual Report 2013
N.S.M.I. Arambepola Asian Disaster Preparedness Center


Scientific Research for Landslide Hazard Analysis, U.S. Geological survey
Annual Report 2013
Peter Lyttle U.S. Geological Survey Landslide Programme