Minter, D.W. .
Evaluating conservation status of fungi using IUCN criteria.
Fungal conservation is in its infancy.
The need for it is rarely vocalized, so most policymakers are ignorant of the issue, and public awareness is very low. The broader conservation movement is largely unaware of the need to conserve fungi and usually prioritizes habitats by bird, mammal and plant diversity, with fungi rarely taken into account. This can mean fungus-diverse habitats are missed. The International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN) had developed a system for evaluating the conservation status of different organisms. That system originally designed for large vertebrates, is now also used for other vertebrates, invertebrates and plants. Only very recently mycologists have started to try to apply the system to the fungi. The objectives of this short workshop are to introduce participants to the IUCN system, to examine how well it functions when evaluating the conservation status of fungi, and to look at ways in which it might need to be changed if fungi are also to enjoy protection. The workshop is timely, since in 2008, for the first time, the Mycological Society of America established a specialist group for fungal conservation in North America.
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1 - CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9TY, United Kingdom
Presentation Type: Workshop
Location: Maybird/Cliff Lodge - Level C
Date: Sunday, July 26th, 2009
Time: 8:00 AM