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Outline of WLF5, Kyoto, 2020 (2019.12.7)


The Fifth World Landslide Forum

Implementing and Monitoring the Sendai Landslide Partnerships 2015-2025

-Voluntary contribution to the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 and

the Agenda 2030-Sustainable Development Goals-

Date:2-6 November 2020

Venue: Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan


International Consortium on Landslides (ICL)

Global Promotion Committee of International Programme on Landslides (IPL-GPC), including:

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

United Nations University (UNU), International Science Council (ISC), World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)

Kyoto University (KU), Japan Landslide Society (JLS), Japanese Geotechnical Society (JGS), Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science (JSNDS) and Japan Association for Slope Disaster Management (JASDiM)


The ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025 for Global Promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk was adopted on 16 March 2015 as a voluntary commitment to the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Sendai, Japan, 14-18 March 2015. It is a supporting tool for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 which was adopted at the afore-mentioned Conference. Twenty two global stakeholders have adhered to, and signed the Partnerships. The Fifth World Landslide Forum (WLF5) will be organized in Japan to achieve a mid-term review, and assess the progress made in the implementation of the Partnerships. In order to implement further the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025 and pursue and enhance thereafter efforts towards landslide risk reduction, the Kyoto 2020 Commitment for global promotion of understanding and reducing landslide disaster risk will be launched at WLF5 by the participating partners as  long-term, broader and stronger framework for the global landslide risk reduction network.



Honorary Chairpersons

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO*

Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction* 

Petteri Taalas. Secretary-General of WMO * 

Qu Dongyu, Director-General of FAO * 

David Malone, Rector of UNU

Daya Reddy, President of ISC * 

Jacques de Méreuil, Executive Director of WFEO* 

Qiuming Cheng, President of IUGS * 

Kathryn Whaler, President of IUGG * 

Qunli Han, Executive Director of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) *

Walter Ammann, President and CEO of Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, Switzerland

Juichi Yamagiwa, President of Kyoto University *

Angelo Borrelli, Head of the National Civil Protection Department, Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy*

Darko But, Director General of the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of the Republic of Slovenia, Slovenia *

Masaru Kunitomo, Director for Sabo Planning Coordination, Sabo Planning Division, Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan *

Chungsik Yoo, President of the International Geosynthetics Society

Rafig Azzam, President of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment *

to be confirmed.


Kyoji Sassa (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University; Secretary General of ICL)

Peter Bobrowsky (Geological Survey of Canada; President of ICL)

Kaoru Takara (Kyoto University, Japan; Executive Director of ICL)


   Fausto Guzzetti (Italian National Research Council, Italy)

     Snježana Mihalić Arbanas (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Nicola Casagli (University of Firenze, Italy)

Binod Tiwari (California State University, Fullerton, USA)

Matjaz Mikos (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Vit Vilimek (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)

Wang Fawu (Shimane University, Japan)

Željko Arbanas (University of Rijeka, Croatia)

Chairpersons of Local Organizing Committee

Kaoru Takara (President, Japanese Society of Natural Disaster Science)

Daisuke Higaki (Chair, ICL Committee of the Japan Landslide Society)

Ikuo Towhata (Former President, Japanese Geotechnical Society)

Secretary Generals

Ryosuke Uzuoka (Professor, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University)

     Kazuo Konagai (Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo ; Principal researcher of ICL Headquarters)

Khang Dang (Research Promotion Officer, ICL)


The Sendai Landslide Partnerships 2015-2025 for Global Promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk was adopted and signed by global stakeholders on 16 March 2015 during the 3rd Word Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan. It will be completed in 2025. The global landslide reduction needs will still continue or increase even after the Sendai Partnerships, mainly as a result of urban development due to population growth and climate change. The 2017 Ljubljana Declaration on Landslide Risk Reduction, prepared based on the high-level panel discussion during the WLF4, adopted the concept of the Kyoto 2020 Commitment for Global Promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk (Kyoto Landslide Commitment: KLC2020) on 31 May 2017. Thereafter, the KLC2020 was drafted in 2017 and the final draft was adopted in 2018. The final draft of KLC2020 was approved and signed by the first group of partners at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 18 September 2019. Other organizations which are willing to join the global partnerships for landslide risk reduction are invited to sign the KLC2020 before WLF5. The KLC2020 will be launched at the high-level panel discussion of WLF5 on 3 November 2020 in Kyoto, Japan. The full title of the KLC2020 is as below.


Kyoto 2020 Commitment for Global Promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk

-A Commitment to the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement-



The Kyoto International Conference Center (KICC) in Kyoto, Japan is selected as the venue of the Fifth World Landslide Forum. It was constructed by the decision of the Cabinet of Japan as the national conference center to host major International Conferences in Kyoto, Japan in May 1966. The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in KICC in the third Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP3) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the December 1997, the third World Water Forum was in March 2003.

                   Room A : Plenary Session planned for 3 November 2020              Room D : Planned for the Event for Tsunami Awareness day

                                                                                                                                 on 5 November and Closing Ceremony on 6 November 2020

Forum Organization Process

Note for the table.

1. Submission deadline for the journal thematic issue is 31 December 2019.

2. Submission deadline for WLF5 full color books is 31 January 2020.

3. Submission deadline for Electronic Proceedings is 31 July 2020

4. Submission deadline for Electronic Posters is 31 July 2020


Forum Publication

WLF5 will publish the following four different types of publication.

1. Journal thematic issue: The review process and standards for the thematic issue “Sendai Landslide Partnerships 2015-2025” is identical to the regular issues of Landslides. The thematic issue may be accessed and downloaded free of charge for one month from the middle of October to the middle of November 2020. The author of the accepted paper will be invited as an invited lecturer of WLF5 for 20 minute long oral presentation.

2. Full color books: Full color papers for WLF5 should be submitted to one of 9 themes through the Editorial Manager for WLF5. Submission Link for full color book is:

 The maximum allowable number of pages is 6 and the authors should follow the submission template. The length of talk is 15 minutes. The maximum number of pages for a keynote lecture, which will be invited by the session or theme coordinator, is 12. The length of talk is 20 minutes.

3. Electronic Proceedings: The printing format of Electronic Proceedings is one page (title/author/office and abstract) + 5-9 pages of 2 PPT slides/page. The total page limit is 6-10. Each session coordinator will review and edit submitted papers as its session volume. All session volumes will be compiled and published by ICL as one electronic book with an ISBN number.

4. Electronic posters under consideration:

E-Poster is one A0 page electronic poster file (pptx format), template can be downloaded from WLF5 website

<>. All accepted electronic posters are numbered and uploaded on the web to allow all participants to download any of them in advance. Each poster can be cited by its number within the WLF5 electronic posters published by the WLF5 organizing Committee.

The authors can select 3 minutes oral presentation, no talk or non-attendance.


Themes of Forum

The Forum will be organized with Theme 1 to Theme 8. Accepted papers will be published in Theme 1-Theme 8 as follows.

Theme 1: Sendai Landslide Partnerships and Kyoto Landslide Commitment

    First Coordinator of Theme 1: Kyoji Sassa (ICL Headquarters)

Theme 2-1: Hazard and vulnerability mapping and zonation

       First Coordinator of Theme 2-1: Fausto Guzzetti (Italian National Research Council, Italy)

Theme 2-2: Landslide inventory mapping and vulnerability assessment

First Coordinator of Theme 2-2 : Snježana Mihalić Arbanas(University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Theme 3: Monitoring and early warning

First Coordinator of Theme 3: Nicola Casagli (University of Firenze, Italy)

Theme 4: Testing, modeling and risk assessment

   First Coordinator of Theme 4: Binod Tiwari (California State University, Fullerton, USA)

Theme 5: Education and Capacity Development for Risk Management and Risk Governance

   First Coordinator of Theme 5: Matjaz Mikos (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Theme 6: Catastrophic landslides: causes and consequences

First Coordinator of Theme 6: Vit Vilimek (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)

Theme 7: Frontiers of landslide science and innovative practices

First Coordinator of Theme 7: Peter Bobrowsky (Geological Survey of Canada)

Theme 8: Specific topics in landslide science and applications

First Coordinator of Theme 8: Željko Arbanas (University of Rijeka, Croatia)

The following electronic proceeding sessions will be organized in Theme 8.

First Coordinators of electronic proceedings sessions: Katsuo Sasahara (Kochi University, Japan)


Study of landslides and landslide risk reduction in   Central Asia


Citizen Science for Landslides


International Cooperation in Landslide Disaster/Risk   Reduction (Japan)


Introduction of landslide mitigation measures of Japan


Activities of Landslide-prevention engineers to enhance   local capacity for disaster reduction in Japan


Structural and Nonstructural countermeasures against   landslide disasters conducted by Japanese government


Possibility of slope measurement and monitoring for   reduction and mitigation of slope disaster


Risk and adaptation in geo-disaster   vulnerable areas under recent severe earthquake and extreme rainfall


Development of early warning technology of rain-induced   rapid and long-travelling landslides in Sri Lanka



Forum Schedule (tentative)





2 November 2020


Forum Registration

Room 101


20th BOR/ICL and 16th   GPC/IPL meeting.

Decision of WCoEs and Awards

Room 157

3 November 2020

9:00   - 9:50

Opening Ceremony

Room A (2F)


High-level Panel Discussion   “Kyoto 2020 Commitment to the global frameworks: SP2015-2025, SFDRR, SDGs, New   Urban Agenda, and Paris Agreement”. Declaration of the launching the KLC 2020.

Room A (2F)





3 Forum lectures including

Fausto Guzzetti (Italy): On the prediction   of landslides and their consequence  

Charles NG (Hong Kong, China):  Interaction   mechanisms between debris flow and multiple barriers

Room A (2F)


Ceremony of Recognition and   Awards

Recognition of the World Centres of Excellence on Landslide Risk   Reduction (WCOEs) 2020-2023

Bestow the IPL Award for Success for   2017-2020

Bestow the Varnes Medals for   2018, 2019 and 2020

Bestow the Best paper Award   (for 2017, 2018, 2019)

Bestow the Oldrich Hungr   Award

Bestow the Hiroshi Fukuoka   IPL Award

Bestow the Best Report Award and the Reporter of the Year of the   ICL World Reports on Landslides (ICL-WRL)

Recognition of WLF5 Sponsors (A)

Room A (2F)





Exhibition in Booths

Room   E

4   November 2020


ICL-KLC2020 Intergovernmental   round table discussion

Room 157


Parallel Sessions

Room   C1, C2, F, G, H, I, J, K, 104, 501, 510


Exhibition in Booths

Room   E

5   November 2020

(World   Tsunami Awareness day)


Special   symposium on landslide-induced tsunamis.

Special   lectures and Panel discussion   on advanced early warning of landslides and hazard assessment of landslide-induced   tsunamis

Room D


Parallel Session

Room   C1, C2, D, F, G, H, I, J, K, 104, 501, 510


Exhibition in Booths

Room   E

6   November 2020


Parallel Sessions

Room C1, C2, F, G, H, I, J, K, 104,





3 Forum lectures including

Michel Jaboyedoff (Switzerland): Improving the rockfall   failure hazard assessment.

Brian Collins (U.S.A) : Progress and lessons learned from   responses to catastrophic landslides

Room   D


Closing Ceremony

Speech by   the new President of ICL (2021.1.1 - 2023.12.31),

Announcement   of the Best Student Award and awarded by ICL President Peter Bobrowsky

Introduction   of new ICL officers by New President

Certificates   to leaders of New IPL Projects by Qunli Han of IRDR and the Chair of   IPL-Global Promotion Committee

Certificates   to new ICL members (2017-2020) by ICL President  Peter Bobrowsky

Acknowledgement to WLF5   sponsors by ICL President

Welcome to 6th WLF (WLF6   Forum Chair)

7-9   November 2020

Field trip to   Landslide-induced Tsunami, urban landslides, earthquake induced landslides


-   Kumamoto



Speaker   Registration

  (Oct. 1,2019 to Mar. 31, 2020)

  (Apr. 1 to Jul. 31, 2020)

Late and On-Site
  (After Aug. 1, 2020)


JPY 66,000

JPY 71,000

JPY 76,000

ICL Board member

JPY 46,000

JPY 51,000

JPY 76,000

ICL Deputy Board member

JPY 46,000

JPY 51,000

JPY 76,000

ICL Supporter
  (up to 2 persons)

JPY 46,000

JPY 51,000

JPY 76,000

ICL Associate
  (up to 2 persons)

JPY 56,000

JPY 61,000

JPY 76,000


JPY 26,000

Electronic   poster registration fee is the same with the speaker registration fee.

Additional   poster publication for speaker/poster presenter is +2,6000 JPY/poster.


Non-speaker/non-poster Registration

  (Oct. 1, 2019 to Mar. 31, 2020)

  (Apr. 1 to Jul. 31, 2020)

Late and   On-Site
  (After Aug. 1, 2020)


JPY   26,000(including WLF5 electronic proceedings)


JPY   16,000(including Conference Reception on Nov. 3)

World Tsunami   Awareness Day (Nov.5, Room D/E)

JPY 20,000(including   lunch)

– Registration fee for Regular, ICL Board, ICL Deputy Board, ICL Supporter, ICL Associates and Students includes Vol.1 of full colors books and WLF5 electronic proceeding.

– Registration fee for Spouse includes the Conference Reception on Nov.3. They may attend all plenary and parallel sessions, exhibitions and posters, and experience the Tea Ceremony in the tea room in the garden of KICC.

– Registrant for Listeners of the special event for the World Tsunami Awareness day (November 5, 2020) may participate in the symposium and panel discussion for Landslide-induced Tsunamis and Early Warning of Landslides in Room D and also visit the Exhibition for early warning and disaster reduction technologies for landslides and flows in Room E.

– The registration to Forum, Field Trip, City tours and Hotel accommodation Registration will be received by JTB Corp. Western Japan MICE Branch.

Co-authors of the presenter are registered as non-speakers.


Conference Reception on Nov. 3

JPY 10,000 per   person


A set of 8   volumes of WLF5 books
  (Vol.2-1, Vol.2-2, Vol.3, Vol.4, Vol.5, Vol.6, Vol.7, Vol.8)

JPY   50,000 per set (no individual volume sale)


Lunch for 4 days

JPY 4,000 per   person

Online registration web:

The due date for the payment of Early Registration is March 31, 2020.
The due date for the payment of Normal Registration is July 31, 2020.
The due date for the payment of Late Registration is October 31, 2020.


ICL calls for two types of sponsors to support the organization of WLF5, especially provide support to participants from developing countries.

Type A (JPY 500, 000)

1. Use of one of 14 booths in Hall E

 12 booths (W x D: 4m x 3 m) (Booths are prepared by the Organizing Committee)

 2 booths (W x D: 5 m x 4 m) (Space for booth are prepared. Layout is free)

2. One full page technical introduction in 9 volumes of full color books (Vol.1, Vol.2-1, Vol.2-2, Vol.3, Vol.4, Vol.5, Vol.6, Vol.7, Vol.8) and WLF5 electronic proceedings.

3. Sponsor panel (WxH: 1.2 m x 2.1m) at the center of the Venue.

4. Presentation of the certificate of appreciation for sponsors at the closing ceremony.

5. Sponsor banners (logo, name of company and link to its web) in WLF5 web

6. Names of sponsors published in all issues of Journal Landslides until the end of WLF5

7. 3 non-speaker/non-poster tickets

Currently registered sponsors: Marui & Co., Ltd., NIPPON KOEI Co., Ltd., OSASI Technos Inc., GODAI Corporation, Japan Conservation Engineers & Co., Ltd., OYO Corporation, Kokusai-Kogyo Co., Ltd., GEOBRUGG, Ellegi srl (LiSALab), Chuo Kaihatsu Corporation, IDS GeoRadar s.r.l, Meter Group Inc.

Type B (JPY 300, 000)

1. Sponsor banners (logo, name of company and link to its web) in WLF5 web

2. One full page technical introduction in WLF5 electronic proceedings.

3. Sponsor panel (WxH: 1.2 m x 2.1m) at the center of the Venue.

4. 4 non-speaker/non-poster tickets.

5. Presentation of the certificate of appreciation for sponsors at the closing ceremony.

Currently registered sponsors: Kiso-Jiban Consultants Co., Ltd., Okuyama Boring Co., Ltd., Kawasaki Geological Engineering Co., Ltd.

Inquiries: Please email WLF5 secretariat <> for any questions.


Kyoto City Tours

One day and a half day Kyoto city tours will be prepared on 7 November (Saturday) and other days.

Currently prepared one day city tours is presented below. The price will be determined based on the number of participants.


Post-Forum Field Trip (Max 30 persons)(7 to 9 November 2020)

1st day in Hiroshima (7 Nov. 2020)

Start from Kyoto to Hiroshima by Shinkansen

l Urban landslide disasters triggered by local extreme rainfalls in 2014, 2018

l World Cultural HeritageItsukushima Shrine, and Sabo works in the heritage area

l Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (Stay in Hiroshima)

2nd day in Unzen (8 Nov. 2020)

From Hiroshima to Kumamoto by Shinkansen and a ferry to Unzen

l 1792 Unzen-Mayuyama megaslide by an earthquake and caused Tsunami disaster

l Unzen Volcanic Area Global Geopark, Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall (Stay in Unzen Hot Spring)

3rd day (9 Nov. 2020)

From Unzen Hot Spring to the Shimabara port (bus), a ferry to Kumamoto, and a bus to Aso Caldera

l Observation of the magaslide from a ferry

l Landslides induced by Kumamoto Earthquake in Aso Caldera in 2016

l Leave from Kumamoto Station /Airport

Kumamoto station to Osaka by railway, or from Kumamoto airport to Osaka, Tokyo

◆ Hiroshima (urban small-scale landslides and debris flow, World Cultural Heritage “Itsukushima Shrine”, and “Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park”. Landslide simulation (LS-RAPID) for Hiroshima disaster

◆ Unzen volcano and megaslide-induced tsunami (Unzen volcano, Unzen Volcanic Area Geopark, Unzen landslide-and-tsunami disaster (15,153 people were killed).  The field trip will take a Ferry from Shimabara (Unzen) to Kumamoto crossing the Ariake sea.

Video of 1991 Pyroclastic flow: <>

Landslide simulation (LS-RAPID) <>

Tsunami simulation (LS-Tsunami) <>



Landslides induced by Kumamoto Earthquake in Aso Caldera (2016)