convention Group of experts on plant conservation was created in 1990. The Group
elaborated and consequently monitors the implementation of guidelines and action plans for some
target species. Many recommendations originated from this work and were adopted by the Standing Committee to the Bern convention.
2001 marked the year when the European Strategy on Plant Conservation was launched by both the
Council of Europe and the Planta Europa network, as a symbol of co-operation between both organisations, thus
streamlining their synergies. The objective of such actions is to provide a European framework for
the development of
dedicated work to halt the loss of plant diversity in Europe.
The Group of experts also deals with Fungi,
as under the Bern convention they are no longer treated as an obscure subset of "lower plants", but recognized as their
own kingdom with an extraordinary diversity. Fungi are one of the most species-rich groups of organisms in Europe,
with at least 75 000 species. The Council of Europe supported
the conservation of the
European macrofungi and of its large component of biodiversity in a few conservation actions on the national and
European level. Moreover, the Standing
Committee adopted Guidance for Conservation
of Large Fungi in Europe, and a Charter on
Fungi gathering and biodiversity.
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