Interim Unit (IU) of the South Asia Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Disaster Management Centre (SDMC) has been set up under the premise of Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM), Village Raisan, Gandhinagar, Gujarat in November, 2016. Eight member countries, i.e. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are required to be served by the SDMC (IU).
The centre will provide policy advice, technical support on system development, capacity building services and training for holistic management of disaster risk in the SAARC region. The centre will facilitate exchange of information and expertise for effective and efficient management of disaster risk.