Working Party on Sustainable Livelihoods, Land-use, Products and Bioenergy

Deriving from the merging of: Working Party on Harvesting and Utilization of Poplar and Willow Wood & Working Party on Production Systems

Logging of poplar
(Photo: FAO)

Utilization of poplar
(Photo: FAO)

The revised working party was formed by amalgamation of the two former working parties on poplar and willow Production systems and Harvesting and utilization and melding of the bioenergy component from the working party, Environmental applications of poplars and willows. The revised scope of the working party will include poplars and willows (and potentially other fast-growing trees) production systems to grow woody biomass that will be processed using sawing, peeling, chipping into both products and energy in an economic perspective sustaining livelihoods.

Mr. Joris Van Acker (Belgium) was elected as Chairperson and Mr. Joaquin Garnica (Spain), Mr R. Dhiman (India) and Mr. Detlef Schmiedl (Germany) were elected as Vice-Chairpersons for the sub-groups within the Working Party for the period 2016–2020. Regional focal persons identified were Mr. Jim Richardson and Mr. Ahmed Koubaa (Canada) for North America, Mr. X Xu (China) and Mr. Dinesh Kumar (India) for Asia, and Mr L. de Boever (Belgium) for Europe. A focal person for South America is pending.

The programme of action for 2016–2020 included:

  • Creation of the four sub-groups within the working party, including: (i) production systems; (ii) livelihoods/economics; (iii) products; and (iv) bioenergy;
  • Elect officers to coordinate the activities for each sub-group;
  • Establish networks within the new sub-groups and beyond with appropriate initiatives and institutions;
  • Continue to develop sub-group and regional contact networks and communications;
  • Establish a state-of-the-art data base on experts, production systems, products, bioenergy;
  • Compile a country-based information system;
  • Support young scientists to study production systems, livelihoods and utilization dimensions;
  • Organize workshops and conferences; and
  • Initiate new research in line with the new scope and mandate.

Officers of the Working Party are:

Mr Joris Van Acker

Laboratory of Wood Technology
Ghent University (UGent)
Coupure links 653
B-9000 Ghent
Tel: + 32 9 2646120
Fax: + 32 9 2646233
E-mail: [email protected]

Mr Oscar Crespo
Business Development Manager
Garnica Headquarters
Parque San Miguel 10
26007 Logroño, La Rioja Spain
M: +34 610 009 714
E-mail: [email protected]

Mr Ramesh Chand Dhiman

Wimco Seedlings Limited
R&D Complex, Kashipur Road, P.O. Box 4
Bogwala Rudrapur, Uttaranchal
Tel: (91-992) 7042364
E-mail: [email protected]

Mr Detlef Schmiedl
Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology
Joseph von Fraunhofer  Str. 7
D-76327 Pfinzial
Tel.: (49-721) 4640747
E-mail: [email protected]


Transverse section of poplar  
 (Populus nigra) wood
(Photo: R. Nardi Berti)

Transverse section of willow
(Salix alba) wood
(Photo: R. Nardi Berti)



last updated:  Thursday, April 22, 2021