Introducing the International Consortium on Landslides

A new international organization focused on landslides was recently created at the 2002 Kyoto International Symposium on "Landslide Risk Mitigation and Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage." There, experts from international, national, scientific, governmental, nongovernmental, and academic organizations unanimously agreed to launch the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL).

The consortium will promote landslide research, mitigation, education, and international coordination, and will support the exchange of information on landslides for the benefit of both society and the environment. Any organization that supports the objectives of the consortium--intellectually, practically, and/or financially--is invited to become a member of ICL.

For additional information on ICL membership and other details, contact the Secretariat of the International Consortium on Landslides, Landslide Section, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Uji 611-0011, Kyoto, Japan; tel: +81-774-384110; fax: +81-774-325597; e-mail:; WWW:

[Adapted from the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) Information Services Newsletter--see]

Introducing CARDIN

The Caribbean Disaster Information Network (CARDIN) was established in June 1999 to link Caribbean disaster organizations, to establish a broad collection of disaster-related information, and to ensure improved access to such material. The project was initially funded by the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), and the Library of the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, was selected as the network focal point.

CARDIN is working to strengthen local, national, and regional capacity for the collection, indexing, dissemination, and use of disaster-related information in the English-, Spanish-, Dutch-, and French-speaking Caribbean. The network's major goals are to:

  • provide wider access to and coverage of disaster information in the region;
  • create a database of disaster-related information available on the Internet, CDs, and in print format as a resource for policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and the general public;
  • facilitate the dissemination of disaster-related information to the general Caribbean public on the World Wide Web and through a newsletter and document delivery services;
  • put full-text documents on the Internet;
  • establish and maintain relationships with other agencies to ensure coordination of disaster information activities within the region.

For more information, contact CARDIN, Science Library, University of the West Indies, P.O. Box 104, Mona, Kingston 7 Jamaica, W.I.; tel: (876) 927-1068/935-8202-3; fax: (876) 970-1758; e-mail:

[Adapted from ISDR Informs--the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction's newsletter for Latin America and the Caribbean]

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