Environmental applications of poplars and willows
Report from 22nd Session
This working party was formally ratified as the 6th Working Party of the IPC at the 22nd Session in Santiago, Chile .
The agreed mission statement of the new Working Party is to better share the knowledge and technology on the implementation of cost-effective environmental applications of Poplars and Willows to contribute to sustainable livelihoods and rural development.
The above activities are grouped into two primary categories:
- Site and landscape improvement, including bank stabilization, combating desertification and salinisation, shelterbelts and windbreaks, and soil rehabilitation; and
- Phytoremediation of polluted soil and water, including buffer zones, contaminated sites, waste water management/treatment and organic waste management.
The outcome of a SWAT analysis for the working party conducted at the 22nd Session is as follows:
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The agreed programme of work for the period 2004-2006 is:
- Review of and document case studies in alternative environmental applications;
- Prepare a directory of experts to detail the individual or organizational activities and key publications;
- Review, update and maintain the Environmental Applications Working Party portal on the IPC website;
- Establish templates and reporting procedures to document and review case studies, list of experts, other useful websites and a reference library of relevant publications;
- Contribute a chapter on Environmental Applications in the new Poplar and Willow book;
- Participate in the joint meeting with IEA Bioenergy Task Group 30 (Autumn 2006); and
- Conduct a meeting of the Working Party at the 4th International Poplar Symposium, Nanjing, China, June 2006.
The Working Party on Environmental Applications made the following recommendations:
- IPC and the Working Party need to collaborate more fully with other international agencies (IUFRO, IEA, ITTO, etc.) to exchange ideas;
- IPC and the Working Party need to become more engaged in dialogue with regulatory bodies, environmental engineers and environmental organizations; and
- IPC, through FAO, need to encourage greater collaboration with National Poplar Commissions and Councils.