International Membership Application

International Membership Application

Only the regular members or student members of the Japan Landslide Society
are eligible to apply for the international membership.

1. Foundation of the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) and accession of the Japan Landslide Society to the Consortium

The International Consortium on Landslides was founded in January 2002 at Kyoto Symposium hosted by Kyoto University and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and sponsored by the Japan Landslide Society. ICL is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, sponsored by UNESCO, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), and inter-governmental study programs such as UNESCO International Hydrology Program (IHP), as well as the Japanese government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), and US government (US Geological Survey, or USGS). The Japan Landslide Society is one of the original member organizations of ICL, which currently consists of 49 organizations from 22 countries. In 2002 ICL was registered as a specified non-profit organization at Kyoto prefecture, and at the same time an administrative office was founded in Kyoto. Professor Kyoji Sasa, Director of Research Center on Landslides, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University and a former chairperson of our Society became the first chair, while Professor P. Canuti of Florence Institute of Design International in Italy (also a vice chairperson of International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment, or IAEG), Dr. P. Bobrowsky of Geological Survey of Canada (also a vice chairperson of International Union of Geological Sciences, IUGS), Dr. P. Lyttle (Chairperson of USGS Landslide Disaster Research Program Committee), and Dr. R. Mucho, Director of Peru Geological Metallic Resources Research Center were appointed as vice chairs.

2. Purpose and activities of ICL

The purposes of ICL are as follows.

a) Promote landslide disaster studies to contribute for the community and
  the environment, as well as develop capabilities, especially including
  promoting education in developing countries.
b) Integrate science and technologies for the earth in appropriate cultural
  and social environment and assess the risk of landslide disaster in the
  cities, villages, developing regions, and cultural and natural heritage
  districts in order to contribute to preserve natural environment and
  high social values in the district.
c) Act as a partner in both international and domestic projects to win
  internationally high reputation by integrating, planning, and coordinating
  international expertise for risk assessment of landslide disasters and
  effort to reduce the risk
d) Promote landslide disaster research programs extensively on a global basis

The main activities of ICL are International Programme on Landslides (IPL) that aims to promote studies of landslide disaster and fostering of human resources, and the public relations for the research activities through publication of Landslides – Journal of the International Consortium on Landslides (quarterly publication starting in April 2004 by Springer Publishing Company, Germany). Other prospective activities include holding conferences, dispatching experts, preparing landslide disaster database and coordinating and exchanging information for fostering human resources with other countries.
Please see the website International Consortium on Landslides for more information about ICL and the Journal.

3. Recruitment of international membership of the Japan Landslide Society

Starting in 2004, the Japan Landslide Society is recruiting international members of the Society in order to promote international involvement as a member organization of ICL. The international members are entitled to receive the following services.

[Services for international members of the Society]

i. Obtain a password for viewing an electronic version of Springerlink
  (“Landslides” journal of the web version at
 • All pages of the first issue (Vol.1, No.1) may be viewable without
  password on the following website. Click “Landslides” on the top page
  of, and click “Number 1”.
ii. Distribution of ICL Newsletter (electronic version) for ICL members,
  introducing ICL activities and providing information
iii. As an option, obtain “Landslides” journal print version with a special
  discount price for international members of the Japan Landslide Society
  (First published in April 2004, Full-color, Quarterly issuance, Fixed rate
  of 263.8 Euro including postage fee)
 • All print versions are available for viewing in the headquarters
  or branch offices of the Japan Landslide Society.

4. Membership fee

International membership fee: ¥3,000/year
International membership fee with subscription of the journal “Landslides” print version: ¥10,000/year

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