Skip to content

IGS Prepares For Kyoto Launch

The IGS is preparing to take part in the official launch of the Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020 (KLC2020) in November.

KLC2020 outlines 10 priority actions to mitigate the significant environmental, socio-economic and human costs of landslides. The IGS was among the first signatories at a ceremony held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, in September 2019. That event was part of an International Consortium on Landslides (ICL)/International Programme on Landslides (IPL) conference.

The Commitment launch was to form part of the 5th World Landslide Forum (WLF5), also co-organized by ICL/IPL, due to take place this year. While the conference was postponed to November 2-6 2021 because of Covid-19 disruption, the Commitment is to go ahead as originally scheduled on November 5, 2020 – but online only. A virtual gathering will include formal recognition of KCL2020 participants, a panel discussion and strategy session.

Each signatory has to submit a summary about their organization and its suggested contribution to Commitment aims. The IGS’s summary reiterates its commitment to sustainability and how geosynthetics make a significant difference in reducing landslide disasters by providing slope reinforcement, drainage and erosion control.

Normally held every three years, WLF allows scientists, engineers and policymakers to share the latest findings on landslide disaster risk reduction.

Learn more about WLF5, which takes place at Kyoto International Conference Center in Kyoto, Japan, here.