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Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

Development of Landslide Risk Assessment Technology along Transport Arteries in Viet Nam Reducing Landslide Disasters that Block Sustainable Development across the Country

Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs11
  • SDGs13
  • SDGs17
Executive Director, Dr.
SASSA Kyoji
(International Consortium on Landslides (ICL))
Research Institutions in Japan International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) / Tohoku Gakuin University (TGU) / Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI)
Research Institutions in Vietnam Institute of Transport Science and Technology (ITST)
Adoption fiscal year FY 2011
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Socialist Republic of Vietnam
General Description of the Research Project

Finding a way to reduce landslide disasters is essential for national development
Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and other countries in the mountainous areas of the Greater Mekong Subregion are subject to frequent landslide disasters caused by factors such as weak ground and heavy rain. Landslide disasters damage roads and other infrastructure, and are a pressing issue for national development plans. This project is attempting to develop technology for predicting landslide disasters, identify slopes with a landslide risk, assess hazard risks, and develop early warning systems, thereby contributing to sustainable development in Vietnam.

Formation of a disaster research network and monitoring of landslide disasters
In the mountainous area between north and south Vietnam, researchers have conducted landslide surveys along arterial roads and the national railway network to identify slopes for installation of monitoring instruments, procured the instruments and prepared for installation. A new high-stress landslide ring-shear simulator capable of simulating initiation and motion of large-scale landslides with a depth of 100m has already been successfully developed. In 2012-2013, seven engineers from Vietnam were invited and accepted to master and doctor courses in Japan, and we have produced landslide teaching materials for training purposes. In 2012, a landslide network was established, with members being seven institutions in Southeast Asia. The project aims to develop landslide risk assessment technology, and to extend the landslide research network throughout the mountainous areas of the Greater Mekong Subregion.

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Damage to residences from landslides in Son La, the capital of Son La Province in Vietnam

Damage to residences from landslides in Son La, the capital of Son La Province in Vietnam

In Vietnam and other countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion, ensuring safety from damage to arterial roads and railways caused by landslides is a basic condition for sustainable development. For this reason, Japanese scientific and technical assistance is needed.

In Vietnam and other countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion, ensuring safety from damage to arterial roads and railways caused by landslides is a basic condition for sustainable development. For this reason, Japanese scientific and technical assistance is needed.

Landslide on National Highway No. 1 (in Central Vietnam)

Landslide on National Highway No. 1 (in Central Vietnam)

Japan-Vietnam Joint Meeting at the Institute of Transport Science and Technology of Vietnam

Japan-Vietnam Joint Meeting at the Institute of Transport Science and Technology of Vietnam

Research Project Web site http://www.iclhq.org/satviet/overall.html
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