1. The wonderful world of fungi and their conservation. 2. Plants, food security and livelihoods – securing our future

11:00-12:00 The wonderful world of fungi and their conservation

The IUCN Jeju Congress will be ground-breaking because, for the first time in the history of IUCN, there will be a motion explicitly and exclusively devoted to the Fungi. The objective of this event will be to raise awareness among delegates about the importance of fungi and the urgent need for them to be taken in by the world conservation movement. The Rio Convention is seriously deficient in the provisions it makes for protecting fungi: Fungi are the “Orphans of Rio”, excluded, like orphans everywhere, from family decisions. The Jeju Congress is a wonderful opportunity for enlightened delegates to send a strong and positive signal that this deficiency needs urgently to be corrected. This session will give presentations on how animals and plants cannot live sustainably without fungi and provide an opportunity for discussion on options for furthering fungi conservation.

12:00-13:00 Plants, food security and livelihoods – securing our future

Plants play a fundamental role in shaping human societies, providing them, amongst other things, with the food, medicines, clothing and building materials. However, the socio-economically important plants are increasingly being over-exploited and face high extinction risks due to increasing threat from climate change, invasive species and are not given adequate attention from the conservation world. IUCN’s plant specialist groups will present the way forward of linking the conservation and sustainable use of socioeconomic plants in safeguarding long-term world crop security, human health and timber production.

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