Introduction to the Second World Landslide Forum (Rome, FAO Headquarters, 2011, 3rd-9th October)
The World Landslide Forum (WLF) is a triennial mainstream conference aimed at gathering scientists, stakeholders, policy makers and industry members dealing with the management of landslide risk. The First World Landslide Forum, organized by the International Consortium of Landslides (ICL), UNESCO, WMO, FAO, UNISDR, UNU, UNEP, IBRD, UNDP, ICSU, WFEO, KU and the Japan Landslide Society, was held in 2008 at the United Nations University, Tokyo. The 1st WLF adopted the 2008 Tokyo Declaration “Strengthening the International Programme on Landslides with UNISDR”.
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 - WLF2 will discuss major impacts of landslides on the environment, including effects on people, their homes and possessions, farms and livestock, industrial establishments and other structures, and lifelines, including submarine ones. One of the major expected outcomes is to bridge gaps in understanding and communication between scientific researchers, industry, professionals and stakeholders.
The Forum will thus consider implementing some key aspects.
A large participation of exhibitors, fostering interaction between industry and end-users.
Maximize attendance and interchange between participants.
Cross-cutting topical sessions, in some cases devoted to specific themes (e.g. interaction of landslides, land-use systems and food security) and encompassing the entire set of operational and scientific issues from risk assessment to risk management.
Short courses to be organized for the benefit of professionals and consultants, and also by exhibitors.
The Forum will host, for five full days (3rd-7th, October), a series of Plenary and Parallel Sessions devoted to high-level interaction and discussion among key world players in landslide risk reduction, including stakeholders and end-users, together with researchers, engineers and industry. Pre and post conference field trips are also scheduled.
The abstract submission and pre-registration of participants was quite successful with almost 700 received abstracts and more than 1.000 pre-registered participants. Peer reviewed full papers will be published by Springer Verlag in a special book series.
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 another exciting venue for the Forum, offering physical evidence of some millennia of interaction between human development and natural environment at the very centre of a country which continues to be highly affected by landslides.