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

For the first time, the IPC will hold its 26th Session virtually.

IPC National Commissions are invited to send the names and affiliations of their representatives to the Session, and representatives’ alternates, to [email protected] The Session will be convened under the provisions of Article XIV of the FAO Constitution and will be open to all Members of the Commission and also to observers.

The IPC Session will include live interactions during the formal session of Members, as well as technical presentations and side events relevant to the IPC. Technical presentations and posters will be hosted online and live discussion meetings organized with the authors. Interested authors should register and submit abstracts at the conference website by 21 May 2021 so the organizers can provide you with the latest updates and information.

Please see more information on the conference website.

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last updated:  Tuesday, April 13, 2021