IUCN SSC Brazil Fungal Specialist Group
Overview and description
Until recently, little was known about the status of fungal species conservation in Brazil. Although there has been a recent advance in terms of knowledge about threatened fungal species in the ...
Until recently, little was known about the status of fungal species conservation in Brazil. Although there has been a recent advance in terms of knowledge about threatened fungal species in the country, there is a huge gap in terms of including fungi in Brazil's policies. The main threats recognized for fungi at the national level are related to habitat transformation and the lack of specific legislation for the conservation of this biological kingdom. It is necessary and urgent that there is some institution or group of people committed to bringing scientific knowledge closer to decision makers in the environmental sphere regarding the importance of fungi and the imminent threats to which they are subject. The main activities to be carried out by the group will include: training assessors to evaluate the extinction risk of fungal species in Brazil; assessing the conservation status of fungal species through Red Listing workshops; searching for political engagement for fungal conservation, communicating and disseminating information on the importance of fungal conservation in the country, targeting specialists from different areas of environmental sciences and the general public; and periodically updating the list of species that occur in Brazil