World Landslide Forum IV


Ljubljana, Slovenia, May 29 – June 2, 2017


The forum was jointly organized by the International Consortium on Landslides, Kyoto, Japan (ICL), the International Programme on Landslides (IPL), the University of Ljubljana and the Geological Survey of Slovenia, with the support of the Slovenian ministries of defence, of infrastructure and of the environment and spatial planning, the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers (IZS), the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief and the Disaster Relief Government Council. Among more than 60 ICL members, three are based in Slovenia: the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering of the University of Ljubljana (UL FGG), the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering of the University of Ljubljana (NTF UL) and the Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS).

The 4th World Landslide Forum is a contribution to the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 which was adopted by UN member states in March 2015 at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai City, Japan.

The forum was organized under honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Borut Pahor, a further proof of the importance of landslide awareness raising among the general public. Mr. Pahor endorsed the international cooperation in the field of landslide risk management and Slovenia’s contribution to disaster risk reduction. The forum’s motto was „Advancing culture of living with landslides“.

The honorary organizing committee was formed by representatives of several international organizations, supporters of the International Consortium of Landslides, primarily of the UN and its special agencies, such as:

  • UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),
  • UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR),
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO),
  • United Nations University (UNU),
  • International Council for Science (ICSU),
  • International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG),
  • International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS),
  • World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO),
  • as well as several national institutions.

The scientific committee was composed of over 100 members and the Slovenian organizing committee of several dozens of landslide experts, supported by their professional unions.

The main themes of the 4th World Landslide Forum were:

  • The Sendai Partnerships 2015 – 2025 as a contribution of the ICL to the 2015 – 2030 Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction, stressing the society’s attitude to landslides,

  • Advances in landslide science,

  • Advances in landslide technology,

  • Diversity of landslide forms,

  • Landslides in different environments.

The international scientific committee reviewed almost 600 extended abstracts on the above topics and accepted almost 400 of them. They were published by Springer Nature publishing house in a set of six volumes with the title 
Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides, Volume 1: ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025
, totaling over 3,600 pages (51 papers), deals with the activities of the ICL within the Sendai partnership 2015 – 2025 and can be accessed freely.

Photos and Videos of the WLF4 are available in the website of the Forum and website of the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers:

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