Macedonian Mycological Society
Impact on Fungi Conservation Legislation in Macedonia Due to MMS
1. The List of Concerned and Threatened Fungi Species was officially adopted and published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia, issue 15.
2. Based on the List, in Dec 2012 the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning enacted a Permit on Export of Threatened and Protected Plants, Fungi and Animals and Parts of Them (EXIM).
3. Order on Prohibition on Trading Autochthonous Fungi – Morels (Morchella, Verpa and Ptichoverpa), published in the Official Gazette of the RM, issue 108/12 dated 30.08. 2012.
4. Ordinance on the Customs Authorities’ Procedure in Trading Threatened and Protected Wild Species of Plants, Fungi, Animals and Their Parts.
5. The outcomes from our work on Red List of Fungi and Important Fungal Areas were entirely encompassed in the new Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan of the Republic of Macedonia, issued in March 2013.
6. Our recommendations on undertaking measures for protection of rare and threatened fungal species and conservation of their habitats were enshrined in the Law on Nature Conservation, issue 41/2014.
7. The responsible official from the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning regularly consults the MMS as regards issuance of export permits to companies concerning specific commercial species and export quotas thereof.
8. The results from MMS work on Red List of Fungi and Important Fungal Areas were incorporated in the NATURA 2000 Programme, launched in Macedonia in 2016.
9. Pertaining to categorisation of endangered and rare fungal species of international relevance, some very rare species collected from Macedonia are currently under assessment for IUCN categorisation on a global level, in line with the Global Red List Initiative.