World Centre of Excellence

The application of World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Risk Reduction 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
Progress Report 2017
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


Center for Applied Landslide Research (CALaR)
Application Form
Progress Report 2018
Snjezana Mihalic Arbanas, Zeljko 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
Progress Report 2018
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
Progress Report 2017
Maneesha V Ramesh India Amrita University


Development of Community-based and Most Adaptive Technology for Landslide Risk Reduction
Application Form
Progress Report 2018
Dwikorita Karnawati Indonesia University of Gadjah Mada


ATLaS: Advanced Technologies for LandSlides
Application Form
Progress Report 2018
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
Progress Report 2018
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 Abdullah Malaysia Slope Engineering Branch, PublicWorks Department of Malaysia


Landslides Integrated Research for Disaster Risk Reduction
Application Form
Progress Report 2017
Irasema Alcántara Ayala Mexico National Autonomous University ofMexico (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
AlexanderStrom Russia JSC “Hydroproject Institute”


Harmonization of Landslide Data and Local Communities Capacity Building for Landslide Risk Reduction
Application Form
Progress Report 2018
Biljana Abolmasov Serbia University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology


Landslides in Weathered Flysch: from activation to deposition
Application Form
Progress Report 2018
Ana Petkovšek Slovenia University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering (ULFGG)


Landslide risk reduction in Slovenia
Application Form
Progress Report 2018
Mateja Jemec Auflic Slovenia Geological Survey of Slovenia


Model Policy Frameworks, Standards, and Guidelines on Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction
Application Form
Progress Report 2018
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
Progress Report 2018
Oleksander Trofymchuk Ukraine The Institute of Telecommunication and Global Information Space (ITIGS) of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine (NASU)

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