• Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto
  • Unzen-Mayuyama Megaslide, Nagasaki, Japan
  • Hiroshima Landslide Disaster (taken by Pasco)
  • Bamboo Groves in Sagano, Kyoto (taken by Phan Anh)
  • Kiyomizudera during fall illuminations (taken by Phan Anh)
  • Bentendo Hall, Daigoji Temple, Kyoto (taken by Nguyen Huu Tho)
  • Kiyomizudera Temple during fall, Kyoto (Toshimasa Tamura)
  • Kyoto International Conference Center – Room A
  • Kyoto International Conference Center
  • ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnership Signing Ceremony



Fifth World Landslide Forum, November 2 – 6, 2020, Kyoto, Japan
Implementing and Monitoring the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025
-Voluntary contribution to the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 and
the Agenda 2030 -Sustainable Development Goals-

Dear Colleagues of the World Landslide Community,

The International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) and the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025 invite you to join the 5th World Landslide Forum (WLF5) to be held November 2-6, 2020, in Kyoto Japan. This Forum will include a mid-term review of the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships, voluntary contribution to the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 and the Agenda 2030 – Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Participants of the Fourth World Landslide Forum adopted the 2017 Ljubljana Declaration on Landslide Risk Reduction – contributing to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Declaration proposes the Kyoto 2020 Commitment for Global Promotion of Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk to be finalized during the preparatory activities for WLF5 and adopted during WLF5 in order to serve this purpose. The Commitment aims to establish in the medium and long term a global alliance that will accelerate and incentivize action for landslide risk reduction.

Themes of WLF5

Theme 1: Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025 and Kyoto 2020 Commitment
Theme 2: Hazard and vulnerability mapping and zonation
Theme 3: Monitoring and early warning
Theme 4: Testing, modeling and risk assessment
Theme 5: Risk management, capacity development and country practices
Theme 6: Catastrophic landslides: causes and consequences
Theme 7: Frontiers of landslide science and innovative practices

The 5th of November was designated as “World Tsunami Awareness Day (WTAD)” by 70th session of the UN General Assembly 2015. It recognizes Landslides near a coastline or at the bottom of the ocean as one major causes of Tsunami. Symposia or sessions on landslide – induced tsunami will be organized on 5th November 2020.

Publication of WLF5

  • Thematic issue for WLF5 Landslides Vol. 17 (10). Free access from 10 Oct.to 10 Nov. 2020
  • Full color books under the above seven themes (similar to the books for WLF1-WLF4)
  • CD proceedings to contain A: papers/abstract/PPT proposed and edited by participating parties and groups, B: papers under seven themes which are not included due to deadline of publication in the previous two categories, but accepted by the coordinator of one of 7 themes.

Kyoto 2020 Commitment

The International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) and the Global Promotion Committee of IPL (International Programme on Landslides) as well as the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025 will invite a wide range of parties to join an initiative to establish this planned commitment during WLF5. Participating parties includes ICL members, ICL supporters, ICL associates, and partners of the Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025

I look forward to meeting and discussing with you landslide disaster risk reduction in Kyoto, 2020.

Kyoji Sassa, WLF5 Forum Chair
Editor-in-Chief of Landslides