International Poplar Commission
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:
|Lesson Learned||The Way Forward|
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.