Report from the 24TH Session

 At the Business Meeting on 1st November 2012 in Dehradun, outgoing Chair, Jud Isebrands gave a report of the activities of the Working Party over the last four years. During the period since the 23rd IPC Session in October 2008 until 2012, the working party had very active participation in its meetings, expanded the content of the webpages and prepared Topic Specific Information Notes. Reports and papers from the technical meetings can be found on this website.

Six candidates were presented for election to the four available committee positions. Candidates had been asked to provide brief CVs and these were distributed to those at the meeting. This was to allow candidates who were not able to attend the Session to participate in the election. Those candidates who were present gave a short introduction to themselves and the reasons why they wanted to be more formally involved with the operation of the working party.  A formal blind ballot was conducted. The new post holders are listed on the WP6 Home page. Thank you to all those who were willing to contribute to the operation of the working party in this way.
A SWOT analysis was conducted as part of the Business Meeting and is reported below. 

 

STRENGTHS  

OPPORTUNITIES

  • Covers contemporary topics in research
  • Addresses topics that are high on the political agenda and address society’s needs
  • Tool for P and W to gain higher profile in a positive way – greater public acceptance
  • Focus on field visits and applied activities
  • Broad topics covered results in potentially large number of participants
  • Level of activity of the WP high
  • Range and breadth of scientific expertise involved in the working party
  • Interaction with other organisations eg IUFRO, NPCs
  • Small frequent meetings that are accessible to all
  • Applicability of topics and technical outcomes to both developing and developed countries
  • Frequency of meetings helps maintain energy levels
  • Information disseminated at meetings are actively used in teaching
  • Reorganisation of IPC creates increased scope of Environmental applications activities
  • Emphasis on and financing of activities to address climate change, sustainability and green technologies opens the gate to wider acceptance of environmental apps of P and W
  • To exchange Env Apps technologies with developing countries particularly those which are at implementation stage
  • Combining remediation technologies with carbon sequestration
  • At a stage where we can disseminate practical information  on delivery developed within the working party to stakeholders
  • Enhance synergies with other working parties to use their expertise to strengthen Env Apps technologies
  • Exist educational opportunities for short term internships

WEAKNESSES

THREATS

  • Possible duplication with Int. Phytotechnologies Society
  • Transcontinental meetings difficult to attend due to costs
  • Too great a focus on developed countries
  • Lack of attention to economic delivery of environmental applications
  • Lack of funding to disseminate what we already know  and conduct new work
  •  Frequent short duration  of trials means long term confidence in technologies can be low
  • Not attractive to funders to maintain longer term monitoring
  • Lack of market information to farmers producing poplars in agroforestry systems makes it difficult for them to know when/ how to plant or best point for harvesting to get best financial return
  • Poor relationship between control conditions experiments and field implementation impacts confidence level in technology

 

The following Draft Action Plan for the period 2012 to 2015 discussed during the Business Meeting

 

Activity

When

Where

Lead person(s)

Progress review points

Deadline

Delivery reviewed by

Meeting

March 2014

New Zealand

Ian McIvor & ?

Definition of event dates

End Jan 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Draft programme circulated to committee

End Feb 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Programme finalised

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st call invite issued

End May 2013

DRB

 

 

 

 

2nd call invite issued

End Sept 2013

DRB

Meeting

Sept 2015

Turkey or Eastern Europe

To be identified

Identification of location & host

Dec 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Definition of event dates

June 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Draft programme circulated to committee

Oct 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Programme finalised

Dec 2014

 

 

 

 

 

1st call invite issued

Jan 2015

 

 

 

 

 

2nd call invite issued

April 2015

 

Webpages review

End Feb 2014

N/A

Vice chair

Case Studies expanded

End Jan 2013

Chair

 

 

 

Vice chair

Library & Links updated

End March 2013

 

 

 

 

Vice chair

Review & expand technical contacts

Aug 2014

 

 

 

 

 

6 monthly review of all of above

Feb 2014

 

Information Note: Riparian Buffer Zones

March 2014

N/A

Topic author(s) +Tech Sec

1st draft

Nov 2013

Chair

 

 

 

 

2nd draft

Jan 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Launch at NZ meeting

Mar 2014

 

Information Note:
Shelter belts

March 2014

N/A

Topic author(s) +Tech Sec

1st draft

Nov 2013

Chair

 

 

 

 

2nd draft

Jan 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Launch at NZ meeting

Mar 2014

 

Information Note : Agroforestry

Sept 2015

N/A

Topic author(s) +Tech Sec

 

 

 

 

Recommendations to the IPC Secretariat

  • Strategies to increase the profile and hit rate on the IPC webpages need to be identified such as IPC participants being asked to include the webpages in the web links of their departments and institutes.
  • Opportunities should be explored to improve the visibility of working party technical outputs via Infosylva and Unasylva and other publications to improve their technical weight and value to authors.
  • Efforts should be made to increase co-ordination and collaboration between the individual working parties in the preparation of technical outputs and meetings between IPC Sessions.

 

PAPER PRESENTATIONS MADE AT DEHRADUN

Capacity of poplar and willow clones to withstand high levels of wastewater application 
William Schroeder, Agroforestry Development Centre, Indian Head, Canada

Poplar Culture for speedy carbon sequestration in India – a case study from the Terai region in Uttarakhand 
Mohit Gera, IGNFA, Dehradun, India

Leaf anatomical and ultra-structural responses to salt stress of three Populus alba L. clones 
Meja Abassi, National Institute of Research on Rural Engineering, Water and Forests, Tunis, Tunisia

Improving biomass production and phytoremediation using natural endosymbionts of poplar and willow 
Sharon Doty, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Poplar and willow biomass from marginal land? Production, ecological and environmental implications 
Martin Weih, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.

High yield and carbon storage in nine year old hybrid poplar riparian buffer in south eastern Canada 
Daniel Gagnon, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

The comparison of soils between the poplar plantation area and corn and hazelnut cultivation areas based on some plant nutrients 
Ahmet Karakaş, et al General Directorate of Forestry, Izmet, Turkey

Use of Salicaceous genotypes for phytoremediation: the experiences of CNR Research Unit for Intensive Wood Production of Casale Monferrato, Italy 
Stefano Bisoffi, CRA Research Unit for Intensive Wood Production, Casale Monferrato, Italy

Mitigation and adaptation strategy to climate change – a case study of Populus deltoides based agroforestry system in Chhattisgarh, Central India 
S.L. Swamy, Guru Ghasidas University, Bilaspur, India

Poplar as a Climate Mitigation Option under REDD+ - a case from Haryana, India 
T.P. Singh, ICFRE Dehradun, India

The impact of short rotation crops grown on agricultural land on water and soil quality 
Ioannis Dimitriou, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

Problems of flying cotton from Populus in Kashmir Valley and some remedial measures 
Syed Tariq, SFRI-J&K, Kashmir, India

Sustainability in bioenergy production of poplar and willow with respect to nitrogen fixation 
Georg von Wühlisch, Institute for Forest Genetics, Grosshansdorf, Germany

A study on determination of nutrient in some one year old poplar clones 
Ahmet Karakaş, General Directorate of Forestry, Izmet, Turkey

Transcriptional profiling analysis of Populus euphratica in response to salt stress 
Shutang Zhao, Research Institute of Forestry, China academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Aeroallergens from poplar trees in Kashmir Valley of India
Ombir Singh (No paper at present)

Climate Driven adaptive traits in phenology and ecophysiology of Populus balsamifera 
Raju Soolanayakanahally, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

Are tree morphological determinants indicators of Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE)in hybrid Populus clones for bioenergy production 
Pierluigi Paris, CNR IBAF, Porano, Italy

Economics of poplar pyrolysis stemming from phytoremediation of metal polluted soils 
Theo Thewys, University Hasselt, Belgium

Salix dayclados used for phytoremediation of dredged soils at a site in a public recreation area in Oslo, Norway
Mauritz Ramstedt, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Uppsala, Sweden (no paper at present)

Ecofriendly restoration of problematic soil through willow and poplar species 
Avtar Singh, Punjab Agricultural University, India

Opportunities to enhance wood fuel yields in semi-arid regions of India using wastewater 
Drusilla Riddell-Black, Lupus Science, UK

last updated:  Monday, December 3, 2012