In this talk Giuliana will discuss how The Fungi Foundation and other organisations are committed to using “mycologically inclusive” language in their internal and public-facing communications (“Fauna, Flora and Funga” and “animals, plants and fungi”) and to incorporate fungi in conservation strategies with rare and endangered plants and animals.

 

The 3F Initiative: Conservation of Fungi

Giuliana Furci

In this talk Giuliana will discuss how The Fungi Foundation and other organisations are committed to using “mycologically inclusive” language in their internal and public-facing communications (“Fauna, Flora and Funga” and “animals, plants and fungi”) and to incorporate fungi in conservation strategies with rare and endangered plants and animals.

Although fungi underpin life on Earth, they have been overlooked and underappreciated, and largely excluded from conservation strategies and environmental laws. There would be no life on Earth without fungi: the yeasts, molds and mushrooms that are critical to decomposition and forest regeneration, mammalian digestion, carbon sequestration, the global nutrient cycle, antibiotic medication, and the bread, beer and chocolate we consume. Trees would not be able to live on land without fungi.

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Giuliana is foundress and executive director of the Fungi Foundation. She is a Harvard University Associate, Dame of the Order of the Star of Italy, Co-Chair of the IUCN Fungal Conservation Committee, and author of several titles including a series of field guides to Chilean fungi and chapters in publications such as Fantastic Fungi. She is co-author of titles such as the 1st State of the World’s Fungi (Kew, 2018) and Biodiversidad de Chile: Patrimonio y Desafíos (Ministry of the Environment, Chile, 2008). Giuliana has worked in the non-profit sector for the last 17 years and has held consulting positions in U.S. philanthropic foundations as well as full-time positions in international marine conservation NGOs, and Chilean environmental NGOs.

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