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

The IPC is a statutory body of FAO 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. The IPC achieves its objectives by facilitation of technical exchange, standard setting, and conservation and sustainable use of 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 International Poplar Commission (IPC) will hold its twenty-sixth Session in Rome, Italy at FAO from 6-9 October 2020, 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 save the dates; the Secretariat and the host country will be sending more details in August 2019.



last updated:  Monday, August 19, 2019