The Second World Landslide Forum

The Second World Landslide Forum

3-9 October 2011
Rome, Italy


The World Landslide Forum (WLF) is a triennial mainstream conference aimed at gathering scientists, stakeholders, policy makers and industry dealing with the management of landslide risk. The first edition of WLF was organized in 2008 by the International Consortium of Landslides (ICL), UNESCO, WMO, FAO, UNISDR, UNU, UNEP, IBRD, UNDP, ICSU, WFEO, KU and the Japan Landslide Society at the United Nations University, Tokyo, and ended with the adoption of the 2008 Tokyo Declaration “Strengthening the International Programme on Landslides with UNISDR”. Since then, many recent disasters due to mass movements have shown that there is an urgent need to translate science into practical applications for the benefit of local communities, governments and disaster relief organisations.


The Second World Landslide Forum has the objective to further develop the outcomes of the First Forum in Tokyo 2008 by providing a global cross-cutting information and cooperation platform for all types of organizations representing academia, United Nations organisations, governments, private enterprises and individuals that contribute to landslide research, practice, education and decision making and are willing to strengthen landslide and other related Earth system risk reduction strategies. The emphasis of this forum will be “Putting science into practice” with special attention given to actual implementation of technology and research in everyday applications and procedures with the direct involvement of researchers, engineers, private enterprises, stakeholders as well as policy and decision makers.


The Second World Landslide Forum will be hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in the Headquarters building in Rome. After Tokyo 2008, Rome is an ideal venue for the Forum, due to its millennial tradition of interaction between human development and natural environment at the very centre of a country which is highly affected by landslides. A technology marketplace will be organised within the Forum in the form of an open and dynamic Technical Exhibition of the most recent technologies, systems and solutions to fight landslide risks at every scale and in every environmental and social context. The Exhibition will be located in a large area at the very centre of the Forum and will be integrated with the Poster and the Coffee Break area so as to maximise attendance and to build up a marketplace space open to every participant.

Landslide and global change
– Landslide scenarios accounting for the climatic, geomorphological and geotechnical context (Conveners L. Picarelli, V. Vilimek)
– Landslides, land-use systems and food security (Convener T. Hofer)
Wildfires and slope instability (Conveners J. De Graff, S. Cannon, P. Van Lierop, M. Parise)

Advances in landslide mapping and hazard assessment
– Landslide inventory and susceptibility and hazard zoning (Conveners J. Hervas, G. Legorreta, M. Van Den Eeckhaut)
– Rapid landslide runout analysis (Conveners C. Scavia, M. Pirulli)
– Landslides and extreme weather (Conveners H. Fukuoka, G. Scarascia Mugnozza)

Emerging Technologies in landslide research and practice
– Landslide instrumentation and monitoring (Conveners R. K. Bandari, L. Cascini, D. Peduto)
– GIS application developments (Convener S. Angelini)
– Advances in slope stability modelling (Conveners K. Ho, F. Catani, G. Iovine)

Impact of landslides
– Landslides and socio-economic impact: basic data and loss modeling (Conveners L. Highland, D. Kirschbaum, D. Petley)
– Landslides, transportation network and lifelines (Conveners G. P. Giani, T. Apuani)
– Landslides and reservoirs (Conveners A. Strom, F. Wang)
– Landslide as sediment sources (Conveners G. Crosta, M. Mikos, Z. Shoaei)

Landslide risk assessment and management
– Landslides and urban risk reduction (Conveners D. Calcaterra, C.F. Lee)
– Early warnings and emergency plans (Conveners N. Casagli, Y. Yuepin)
– Advanced technologies for landslide stabilisation (Conveners P. Marinos, P. Tommasi)
– Landslides (and legislation), policies, cost benefit analysis and
– decision makers (Conveners R. Carreno, G. Di Baldassarre, T. Guida)
– Integrated approach to landslide risk mitigation (Conveners J. Cepeda, L. Versace)

Landslide awareness and preparedness
– Landslide education, training and capacity development (Conveners D. Karnawati, S. Prakash)
– Climate change
– Catastrophic events, social impact and mass media
– Policies for land use planning and management in risk areas
– Large infrastructures and environmental policies

Other general themes
– Submarine landslides and tsunami (Conveners J. Locat, R. Urgeles, P. Mazzanti)
– Landslides in coastal areas (Conveners V. Liguori, C. Violante)
– Landslides and cultural heritage (Conveners P. Canuti, Y. Iwasaki, D. Spizzichino)
– Seismically induced landslides and seismic landslide hazard analysis (Conveners E. Harp, H. Marui, L. Guerrieri)
– Landslides in cold regions (Conveners M. Geertsema, M. Chiarle)
– Risk mangement in a multi-hazard environment (Conveners P. Bobrowsky, S. Briceno, P. Lyttle, G. Delmonaco)

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