Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats - Standing Committee

Recommendation No. 132 (2007) of the Standing Committee on the conservation of fungi in Europe, adopted by the Standing Committee on 29 November 2007

The Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, acting under the terms of Article 14 of the Convention;

Having regard to the aims of the Convention to conserve wild flora and fauna and their natural habitats;

Recalling that Article 5, paragraph 1, of the Convention requires that Contracting Parties take appropriate and necessary legislative and administrative measures to ensure the special protection of the wild flora species listed in Appendix I;

Referring to its Recommendation No. 30 (1991) on conservation of species in Appendix I to the convention;

Having regard to Article 4 of the Convention and to its Resolution No. 1 (1989) on the provisions relating to the conservation of habitats, and its Recommendation No. 16 (1989) on areas of special conservation interest;

Referring to its Recommendation No. 87 (2001) on the European Plant Conservation Strategy, recognised as a valuable contribution to the Global Strategy on Plant Conservation adopted under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD);

Desirous that Contracting Parties promote more conservation action on species listed in Appendix I to the convention and on endangered natural habitats;

Noting that integrated ecosystem management and habitat protection have great advantages for the preservation of biodiversity and should go hand in hand with species protection efforts;

Recalling Decision V/6 of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD on the Ecosystem Approach, adopted in 2000, and including the 12 principles of the Ecosystem Approach;

Recalling the 2003 Kyiv Resolution on Biodiversity, which includes the commitment to ‘halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010’, as adopted by Environment Ministers and Heads of delegation from 51 countries in the Pan-European region;

Recalling the 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and its finding that “unprecedented increased efforts” are needed to achieve the 2010 biodiversity target at national, regional and global levels;

Desirous to avoid a further loss of biological diversity in Europe;

Referring to the guidelines included in the Guidance for the conservation of mushroom in Europe [document T-PVS(2007)13revised];

Considering this Guidance as guidelines for competent national authorities and relevant stakeholders;

RECOMMENDS to Contracting Parties to the Convention, and INVITES Observer States and Organisations, to:

1. address habitat management as a priority within different sectors, for the conservation of fungi species in Europe;

2. take into consideration the Guidance for the Conservation of Mushrooms in Europe and apply it in the elaboration and implementation of their national conservation policies for larger fungi.

3. seek to engage all who benefit from fungi in efforts to conserve their habitats.



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