National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi, India has been conferred the title of "World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Risk Reduction" by the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) and Global Promotion Committee (GPC) of the International Programme on Landslides under International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (IPL-ISDR) during the 2nd World Landslide Forum held at FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy between 3 and 7 October 2011. NIDM is now one among the 15 organizations/universities/institutes which have been identified as WCoEs by the GPC of IPL-ISDR and ICL (Please visit http://www.iplhq.org/HomePage.aspx?TabID=4824&Site=iplhq&Lang=en-US for more information).
This title of WCoE-LDR has been conferred for the period between 2011 and 2014, after which the progress/achievements will be reviewed for extending this title for the next 3 years, during the 3rd World Landslide Forum in the year 2014. Dr. Surya Parkash, Associate Professor, NIDM is the Leader of WCoE-LDR at NIDM and the core team members are Prof. Chandan Ghosh, Head Geohazards Division and Dr. Ritu Raj, Research Associate at NIDM. A project entitled "Documentation, Training and Capacity Development for Landslides Risk Management" has also been approved under the International Programme on Landslides as IPL Project-166. Presently NIDM has the distinction of being the only organization from India that represents the country at ICL.