Third World Landslide Forum (WLF 3)

Kyoji Sassa


Landslides, occurring on land and at sea, pose considerable risks to humankind, disrupting societal functions and derailing economic gains. They threaten people’s lives and livelihoods by destroying buildings, transportation and other networks as well as cultural and natural heritage, affecting communities and their economy. It is often the poorest people who are most seriously affected by these dramatic events. The International Consortium on Landsides (ICL) was established on 21 January 2002 in Kyoto with participation from UNESCO, WMO, UNISDR, and the Government of Japan. The International Programme on Landslides (IPL) was initially founded in November 2002 at UNESCO. Through its ‘2006 Tokyo Action Plan’ focusing on “Strengthening Research and Learning on Landslides and Related Earth System Disasters for Global Risk Preparedness†the IPL contributes within the ‘International Strategy for Disaster Reduction’ (ISDR) to the UN-wide agreed “Hyogo Declaration†and “Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disastersâ€. ICL organized the First World Landslide Forum in November 2008 at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan, and the Second World Landslide Forum in Rome, at FAO Headquarters, in October 2011. An ICL Strategic Plan 2012-2021 was elaborated in 2012.

The World Landslide Forum 3 (WLF3) aimed to provide an information and academic exchange platform for landslides researchers and practitioners. It created an opportunity to promote worldwide cooperation and to share new theories, technologies and methods in the fields of landslide survey/investigation, monitoring, early warning, prevention and emergency management. The purpose of the Forum was to present the achievements in landslide risk reduction in promoting the sustainable development of society.

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