The International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment (IPC)

The IPC is a treaty-based body placed within the framework of the FAO. Its mission is to reduce poverty and facilitate production of ecosystem services worldwide by fostering the sustainable management of fast growing trees. Founded in 1947 to facilitate restoration of severely degraded landscapes of Europe after the Second World War, today it has 38 Member Nations on five Continents. In addition to the reforestation of Europe, the IPC has contributed, for example, to the establishment of outgrower schemes on more than 450,000 hectares in India that provide up to 35% of small family farmers’ income; and to the Chinese “great green wall” or Three-North Shelterbelt, which mitigates desertification across a projected 4,500 kilometers of northern China. The IPC achieves its objectives by facilitation of technical exchange, standard setting, and conservation and sustainable use of fast-growing forests and trees.

The IPC supports research and management activities through six international, cross-disciplinary working parties dealing with:

  1. Taxonomy, Nomenclature and Registration;
  2. Domestication and Conservation of Genetic Resources;
  3. Plant Health, Resilience to Threats and Climate Change;
  4. Sustainable Livelihoods, Land-use, Products and Bioenergy,
  5. Environmental and Ecosystem Services, and
  6. Policy, Communication and Outreach.

Upcoming events : Twenty-Sixth Session of the IPC

The IPC will hold its twenty-sixth Session in Rome, Italy at FAO, with three days of dedicated scientific and technical discussions to take place around the formal Session. The theme for this Session is "The role of Salicaceae and other fast-growing trees in sustainable wood supplies and climate change mitigation". An important topic in this Session will be the IPC reform, as the Commission seeks pathways to apply the successful approaches and networks developed by the IPC to new species and in new geographies.

Co-hosted with Italy, the Session and technical discussions in FAO will be accompanied by informative and optional side events and study tours. Pre- and post-Session study tours will be organized in France and Italy, respectively. Side events on initiatives related to the theme of the 26th Session will be held at FAO between technical meetings and the formal Session.

Please see more information on the conference website.



last updated:  Wednesday, October 28, 2020