Our Achievements

Since 2010, the Fungi Foundation has been working towards the conservation and inclusion of funga in the public sphere -politics, citizen, schools and language.

It started with the recognition and protection of fungi in Chile by law, being the first and only country yet to include fungi in their legislation. That process led to 45 species of fungi and lichens being listed in the latest Species Assessment Process of the country (2019).

Since 2010, the Fungi Foundation has been working towards the conservation and inclusion of fungi in the public sphere -politics, citizen science, schools and language. It started with the recognition and protection of fungi in Chile by law, being the first and only country yet to include fungi in their environmental legislation. That process led to 45 species of fungi and lichens being listed in the latest Species Assessment Process of the country (2019) as well as other listed since 2014. 

From then on, FF has enabled citizen access to mycological knowledge through the publication of field guides, and most recently with the establishment of a scientific collection standard, so that people interested in fungi can properly collect their own specimens and information, and correctly voucher samples to later be included in a fungarium or for research.

The foundation has also launched an educational program for kids, ​​providing free learning resources for teachers to inspire children to learn and explore all of the wonders of fungi. We have also worked in collaboration with museums, universities, artists, scientists and documentalists. Through our field expeditions, we have discovered and vouchered the fungal diversity of 17 countries.

The foundation has also launched an educational program for kids, providing free learning resources for teachers to inspire children to learn and explore all of the wonders of fungi. We have also worked in collaboration with museums, universities, artists, scientists and documentalists. Through our field expeditions, we have discovered and vouchered the fungal diversity of 17 countries.

2012
The beginning

Giuliana Furci founds the Fungi Foundation.

2013
Chilean environmental law

Fungi are effectively included in Chilean environmental law (in the reform to the Law on General Bases of the Environment, No.19.300.

2014
FFCL Fungarium

The Foundation’s collection of dehydrated fungi is indexed in the Index Herbariorum, coordinated by the New York Botanical Garden. The code FFCL is assigned to our collection which is the first exclusive collection of fungi in Chile.

2015
Exhibition "Fungi, A Kingdom to be Discovered"

Fundación Fungi, along with the National Museum of Natural History, create the exhibition “Fungi, A Kingdom to be Discovered”, which travels through Chilean cities. This is the first exhibition exclusively on Fungi in Chile’s history.

2016
Latin American Mycology Collaborations

Fungi Foundation organizes the 1st Latin American Course of Mycology in Chile, helps fund the first Fungifest, Festival de Fungi, and launches campaings and exhibits in Chile and Brazil.

2017
Parque Karukinka Field Expedition

Field expedition in Parque Karukinka together with Red Fungi, to enhance biomaterials from fungi.

2018
Fungal Red List Workshop

Giuliana Furci and Fungi Foundation participate in the 11th International Meeting of Mycology (IMC 2018) in Puerto Rico. Fungi Foundation, along with The Fungal Red List run the workshop: "Assessing The Global Conservation Status of Fungi".

2018
Launch of the Book

Launch of the Book Guide of Field Guide of Chile Vol. II by Giuliana Furci and Fungi Foundation.

2019
Jane Goodall Recognition

The Jane Goodall Institute recognizes Fungi Foundation as "The Best of 2018".

2019
Global Workshops

Fungi Foundation participates in conservation workshops in Panama, Chile, and Australia.

2019
Public School Outreach

811 Public Schools of Chile receive Fungal Field Guide from Chile thanks to the Agreement with the Resource Center for Learning (CRA) of MINEDUC

2020
Fantastic Fungi Film

Premiere of the Fantastic Fungi documentary that has the participation of Giuliana Furci.

2020
IUCN Involvement

Giuliana Furci is appointed Vice President of the Fungi Conservation Committee (FCC) of IUCN

2021
The Future is Fungi

A fundraiser and speaker event, presented by Bolt Threads, to speak about fungal topics ranging from conservation to indigenous preservation. Speakers included Paul Stamets, Merlin Sheldrake, and Inti Garcia Flores.

2021
Let Things Rot

Directed by Mateo Barrenengoa in collaboration with our foundress Giuliana Furci, the short documentary presents the wonderful fungi queendom through a poetic perspective that reflects on the importance of allowing for natural cycles of degeneration to unfold.

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