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Fungi conservation and management policy in Australia

Fungimap submissions to policy development

One of the purposes of Fungimap is to promote the appreciation of fungi and to foster their conservation. One way that we can achieve these aims is to provide informed input to the development of policy.

The fungi are a separate kingdom of the natural world, with high diversity and vital ecological roles. They also have high interdependency with other organisms, such as through mycorrhizas and as food for mammals and invertebrates. It is clear that fungi must be considered in optimal management of ecosystems. However, fungi are often completely ignored in biodiversity strategies and other government policy documents.

Fungimap has made submissions in response to a number of federal and state reviews of biodiversity and conservation policy and management documents. These are provided below.

  • Fungimap reponse to Draft 100-Year Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for Western Australia, 2007.
  • Fungimap response to Victoria, Green Paper on Land and Biodiversity at a Time of Climate Change, 2008.
  • Fungimap submission to A New Biodiversity Strategy for New South Wales, Discussion Paper, 2009. [Originally prepared as a report to the New South Wales Fungi Initiative, The conservation and management of fungi in New South Wales by Tom May, Skye Moore and David Tierney]
  • Fungimap response to [Commonwealth of Australia] Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2020, Consultation Draft, 2009.

Strategies and plans that do include fungi

The following are some documents that address the conservation and management of fungi.

A conservation overview of Australian non-marine lichens, bryophytes, algae and fungi by G.A.M. Scott, T.J. Entwisle, T.W. May & G.N. Stevens. Environment Australia, 1997. This report has a chapter on Fungi.

Finding cures for mycomyopia:
Embedding fungi in Australian biodiversity conservation

Alison Pouliot - ecologist, nature photographer, field guide and PhD candidate with Australian National University - discusses challenges to fungal conservation in Australia
at the Fungimap VII Conference in Rawson, Victoria on May 24th 2013.
An engaging, humorous, and even poetic look at why the vitally important kingdom of Fungi are too often ignored in biodiversity actions and policies.

 

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