World Centre of Excellence

15 World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Risk Reduction (WCoEs) 2014-2017 have been identified at the 8th Session of IPL Global Promotion Committee and released on the opening ceremony of the Third World Landslide Forum held in Beijing on 3 June 2014.

The application of World Centre of Excellence was called on 14 June 2013. 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.



Leader Country, Institution 


Formation Mechanism Research, Disaster Warning and Universal Education of Cold Regions Landslide
Progress Report 2016
Wei Shan Research Center of Cold Regions Landslide, China


Scientific Research for Mitigation, Preparedness and Risk Assessment of Landslides
Progress Report 2015
Wang Min China Geological Survey, China


Scientific Research for Landslide Risk Analysis, Modeling, Mitigation and Education
Progress Report 2015
Liang-Jenq Leu Department of  Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Chinese Taipei


Landslide Risk Reduction in the Adriatic-Balkan Region through the Regional Cooperation
Progress Report 2015
Željko Arbanas, Snježana Mihalić Arbanas Croatian Landslide Group, Croatia


Landslide Risk Assessment and Development Guidelines for Effective Risk Reduction
Progress Report 2016
Josef Stemberk Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics Czech Academy of Sciences & Charles University, Faculty of Science, Czech Republic


Development of Community-based and Most Adaptive Technology for Landslide Risk Reduction
Progress Report 2016
Dwikorita Karnawati Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Advanced Technologies for LandSlides (ATLaS)
Progress Report 2016
Nicola Casagli Department of Earth Science, University of Florence, Italy


Emergency Response Support System for Large-scale Landslide Disasters
Progress Report 2015
Satoshi Tsuchiya The Japan Landslide Society (JLS), Japan


Implementation of National Slope Master Plan
Progress Report 2015
Che Hassandi Abdullah Slopes Engineering Branch, Public Works Department of Malaysia, Malaysia


Building Human Capacities and Expertise in Landslide Disaster Risk Managements
Progress Report 2015
Ogbonnaya Igwe Department of Geology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria


International Summer School on Rockslides and Related Phenomena in the Kokomeren River Valley, Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan
Progress Report 2015
Alexander Strom Geodynamics Research Center – branch of JSC “Hydroproject Institute” & Institute of  Seismology of National Academy of Sciences of Kyrgyz Republic


Mechanisms of Landslides and Creep in Over-consolidated Clays and Flysch
Progress Report 2016
Ana Petkovšek University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering (UL FGG), Ljubljana, Slovenia


Developing Model Policy Frameworks, Standards and Guidelines
Progress Report 2015
Nihal Rupasinghe
A A Virajh Dias
Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau, Colombo, Sri Lanka


Promoting Knowledge, Innovations and Institutions with South-South focus through a Regional network of Landslide Risk Reduction in Changing Climate Scenario in Asia
Progress Report 2015
Peeranan Towashiraporn Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Thailand