Jane Smart appointed as new Foreign Member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry

The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry has a number of foreign members from international organizations in the forestry and agricultural sectors. But there is no member from an international organization for environment protection or conservation. In the last few years it has also been difficult to find suitable members representing Swedish organizations in these areas. Considering the Academy’s increasing commitment to environment protection and conservation we feel that the time should now be ripe for a member active in international conservation.

Dr. Jane Smart, OBE, has a doctor’s degree in ecology and is Head of the Species Programme at the IUCN, The World Conservation Union, in Gland, Switzerland. IUCN is the leading global conservation organization, active in all parts of the world and in most countries. The organization is unique in that it counts governments as well as organizations, authorities and others among its members. The Swedish government is one of the members, playing an active role in IUCN’s work and also supporting the organization financially.

Dr. Jane Smart has had a brilliant career in several international conservation organizations. Her greatest achievement so far is starting Plantlife International in 1990, an organization which she led until 2005 and developed into an effective and important international force. She has also had the main responsibility for building up the network organization Planta Europa and for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), which was adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2002 and today constitutes an important basis for conservation in most countries. She also took the initiative to Important Plant Areas, which has become an invaluable instrument for conservation, e.g. in Eastern Europe.

Dr. Jane Smart is extremely knowledgeable about environment protection and more well-informed than most regarding the international environment protection work. She has an enormous network of contacts in all parts of international work throughout most of the world. She is a generous person who in a positive and brilliant manner shares her knowledge and experience. We therefore believe that she would be a valuable asset for The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry in the future.

In 2003 Dr. Jane Smart was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by the English Queen for her achievements. She will receive her member letter on the Commemorative Meeting on 28 January 2007 in Stockholm.

The Academy is an independent meeting-place

The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry is a meeting place for the green sector. The Academy is a free and independent network organisation working with issues relating to agriculture, horticulture, food, forestry and forest products, fishing, hunting and aquaculture, the environment and natural resources, and with agricultural and forest history. This has been the task of the Academy since its foundation in 1811. On 28 January each year the Academy holds its Commemorative Meeting.

These basic industries are important for our livelihood and well-being and will become even more so in the future, since these are the areas where the renewable resources for sustainable development can be created.

This Academy is an impartial organisation, economically independent of the authorities, business and interest groups. Its free and independent position in society and its good name create unique opportunities for meetings and constructive discussions.

The meetings and seminars of the Academy are important ways of achieving targets. By coming together for discussion of important questions it is possible to take initiatives on measures or activities that stimulate development.

The members are elected by the Academy. A good balance in terms of excellent competencies, sex and age distribution, and geographic domiciles should be aimed at. The membership shall mirror the current and future conditions that can be expected to exist within the Academy's field of work.

Foreign members should be persons of foreign nationality who have earned a reputation for outstanding knowledge and experience within the Academy's field of work.

More information about the Academy is available on www.ksla.se

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