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Significant advances have been made in the application of damage reduction principles following the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA); yet, many challenges remain including the new ones as seen by the sharp increase of frequency of extreme weather related disasters and the continued increase in disaster losses. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) has urged for the need to more effectively link sustainable development and impact of climate change towards a universal goal of harmonious life with nature and our planet. The SFDRR explicitly called for coordinated efforts by the scientific community to deepen the understanding of disaster risks, promote evidenced-based implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies, and transfer and disseminate scientific knowledge and technologies in support of decisionmaking processes. Building on the momentum of these efforts, the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) was established in 2015 as a collaborative platform for engaging discussion, sharing knowledge and promoting networks on topics related to risk reduction and resilience to disasters.

Many participating experts at the global summit of the GADRI held on March 2019 at DPRI, Kyoto University. supported strongly the idea of promoting regional networks of the alliance for better focus on regional and local issues in DRR and promotion of sharing of knowledge and partnership in dealing with new challenges primarily brought about by climate change impact. Encouraged by this view, several researchers and experts signed a document in support of the establishment of the South Asia Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes. Thereafter, an international workshop was hosted by the Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India on 20-21 December 2019. This workshop was a kick-off meeting for instituting SAADRI. Fifty participants, academicians, researchers, practitioners from 6 countries, Japan, USA, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and India actively deliberated and pledged support on the idea for the formation of SAADRI.

On 6th November 2020 during the First Jai Krishna Memorial Lecture hosted by the Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management (CoEDMM), IIT Roorkee, the IIT Roorkee Director, Professor A K Chaturvedi, has very kindly announced the commencement of SAADRI in CoEDMM, IIT Roorkee. Other dignitaries present were Ms Mami Mizutori, UNDRR Head and Special Representative to UN Secretary-General, Dr P K Mishra, Sasakawa Laureate of UNDRR and Principal Secretary of PM of India, and 500 plus dignitaries and participants online.