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.

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.

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Title 

Leader Country, Institution 

1.

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

2.

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

3.

Scientific Research for Landslide Risk Analysis, Modeling, Mitigation and Education
Application
Liang-Jenq Leu Department of  Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, China, Taiwan

4.

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

5.

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

6.

Promoting Knowledge, Innovations and Institutions with South-South Focus through a Regional Network of Landslide Risk Reduction in Changing Climate Scenario in Asia
Application
Dwikorita Karnawati Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

7.

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

8.

Emergency Response Support System for Large-scale Landslide Disasters
Application
Daisuke Higaki The Japan Landslide Society (JLS), Japan

9.

Risk Identification and Land-use Planning for Disaster Mitigation of Landslides
Application
Hideaki Marui Niigata University, Institute for Natural Hazards and Disaster Recovery, Japan

10.

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

11.

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

12.

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

13.

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

14.

Developing Model Policy Frameworks, Standards and Guidelines
Application
Nihal  Rupasinghe Central Engineering Consultyncy Bureau, Colombo, Sri Lanka

15.

Promoting Knowledge, Innovations and Institutions with South-South focus through a Regional network of Landslide Risk Reduction in Changing Climate Scenario in Asia
Application
N.S.M.I. Arambepola Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Thailand