The critical SARS epidemic is probably still fresh in everyone’s mind, particularly as new cases continue to develop from time to time. Foot and mouth disease and swine fever are other well-known and dreaded diseases. We believed that we knew how to deal with and prevent such diseases, but we have recently experienced massive outbreaks at close quarters.
Other new and deadly viral diseases, probably originating from wild animals, have led to massive epidemics in other animals species as wild animals colonise new sites close to humans and domestic animals, thus creating new infection pathways. Extreme tourism is a risk factor in this context. Forest fires, which can have their origins in global warming, have also been cited as a rea- son for animal displacement, for example of bats from Indonesia to Southeast Asia, with subsequent outbreaks of disease.
A common factor in many of these new diseases is that they have their origins in areas densely populated by animals and humans in Asia. What are the risks of these diseases spreading to Europe and then to Sweden? What is being done to reduce these risks?
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Vårnumret 2015, med information från ett urval av akademiens aktiviteter.
Grosshandlaren A.W. Bergsten som fotograf och konstnär.
Akademikollegiet beslutade hösten 2004 om en Verksamhetsplan 2005–2008. Utgångspunkten för denna var akademiens första Verksamhetsplan 2001–2004 samt aktuella förändringar och utvecklingstendenser. I den nya verksamhetsplanen fastställs de kännetecken som ska karaktärisera all – såväl ledamöters som anställdas – verksamhet inom akademien.
In the late 1980s there were at any one year well over 75 Swedish forestry experts working in Africa. Today, there are only around ten Swedish forestry experts working in Africa and the considerable experience and network of contacts that were build up during the period 1975–1990 are rapidly being lost. It is hoped that this report may contribute to a reawakened interest in again permitting Swedish know-how and comparative advantages in building capacity and institutions contribute to a real economic development oriented Sustainable Forest Management push in Africa.