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WCC 2012 Res 033 - Activity Report

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IUCN SSC Network support team 2013-2016
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In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
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IUCN Species Survival Commission 2013-2016 (SSC)
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Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Capacity-buildingEfforts of the Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball Specialist Group in 2014 focused on implementing the Global Fungal Red List Initiative through workshops, short courses, and seminars. After training, the 13 participants completed 24 preliminary assessments. Workshops and seminars were held at a number of national, regional, and international conferences including the International Mycological...
Field activitiesThe first private reserve of myxomycetes was created in the Alps (Engins, France) for stationary observation in nature.
Policy influencing/advocacyIn collaboration with other IUCN SSC fungal Specialist Groups, and with the International Society for Fungal Conservation, the Cup Fungi, Truffles and Allies Specialist Group wrote to every CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) National Focus Point (the contact person responsible for Rio Convention policy in each participating country), drawing attention...
Policy influencing/advocacyThe Cup Fungi, Truffles and Allies Specialist Group lobbied the British Government about the importance of retaining mycology at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Scientific/technical activitiesFive myxomycete species (Barbeyella minutissima, Diacheopsis kowalskii, D. metallica, Dianema inconspicuum, Lamproderma disseminatum) were assessed for Red Listing at the European and global level (http://iucn.ekoo.se)
Scientific/technical activitiesIn the framework of the project Global Fungal Red List Initiative, members of the Rusts and Smuts Specialist Group took part in the initial global Red Listing workshop which was held in Flen, Sweden (13–16 April 2014). Twenty one species of smut and rust fungi with occurrences in countries from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North and South America have been nominated for assessments.
Scientific/technical activitiesThe Chytrid, Zygomycete, Downy Mildew and Slime Mould Specialist Group created a preliminary conservation action plan for myxomycetes protection as a model for the first conservation evaluation of chytrids, zygomycetes and downy mildews.
Scientific/technical activitiesThe Chytrid, Zygomycete, Downy Mildew and Slime Mould Specialist Group organized a workshop at the 8th International Congress on Systematics and Ecology of Myxomycetes (China, August 2014), where IUCN Red List criteria were analysed for slime mould and other “lower fungi”.
Scientific/technical activitiesThe Chytrid, Zygomycete, Downy Mildew and Slime Mould Specialist Group organized a workshop during the 26th International Days for the Search and Study of Nivicolous Species of Myxomycetes (France, Alps, May 2014), where problems of myxomycetes conservation were discussed with specialists and amateurs.
Scientific/technical activitiesThe Cup Fungi, Truffles and Allies Specialist Group published an in-depth study of ten species of desert truffles, including a preliminary evaluation of the conservation status of each; they proposed 30 candidate species for Red Listing and contributed information about them to the Global Fungal Red List Initiative [http://iucn.ekoo.se/].
Scientific/technical activitiesThe Lichen Specialist Group assessed two lichen species (Anzia centrifuga and Gymnoderma insulare) for the 2014 revision of the IUCN Red List and contributed to the Global Fungal ...
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
In addition to what has already done for the implementation of this resolution in 2013 (The 3rd International Congress on Fungal Conservation and the Global Fungal Red List Initiative), projects focused on Fungal red listing to enhance the taxonomic coverage of this group on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species have been financed by the MBZ Fund and other sources of funding with the support of the SSC chair office and the GSP. In this regard several workshops on Fungal Conservation have been organized in 2014 and 2015 and a significant number of Fungal species have been and are currently assessed using the IUCN Red List methodology. Lobbying, awareness raising and capacity building activities have been undertaken by all the IUCN SSC Fungi SGs and have resulted in a clear increase of the attention given to the conservation of fungi.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
Fundraising efforts, lobbying, awarness raising.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Policy influencing/advocacy1) Evaluate CBD national reports submitted in 2014, comparing them with earlier reports in their coverage of fungi, and publish the results; (2) Provide feedback to CBD SBSTTA ...
Scientific/technical activities(1) Organizing two workshops on Lichen Red List assessment at the forthcoming annual meeting of the American Society of Botany and at The New York Botanical Garden; (2) Assessment of 15 or more species for the 2015 revision of the IUCN Red List; (3) Apply for a Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund grant for a workshop on Lichen Red List assessments at the 2016 conference of the...
Scientific/technical activitiesA series of Red Listing workshop are being held in 2015: European regional workshop (February), Rusts and Smuts workshop (March), global mushrooms and related fungi (April), Australasian mushrooms and related fungi (July). Fungi Important conference participation includes a dedicated symposium and satellite activities at the 10th Convencion Internacional Sobre Medio Ambiente Y Desarrollo/5th...
Scientific/technical activitiesOrganize a network of specialists and stakeholders for discussing conservation problems for “lower fungi” and for exchange of successful protection measures; Analyse population trends, threats, and assess species using the IUCN Red List criteria and determine conservation actions for chytrids, zygomycetes, downy mildews, slime moulds; and Promote the conservation of different groups of living...
Scientific/technical activitiesstudy the conservation biology of rust and smut fungi and prepare a global checklist of threatened rust and smut fungi.
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