International Poplar Commission

The International Poplar Commission (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 on planted forests and agroforestry, and the conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources.

IPC carries out its mandate by supporting 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.

IPC continues to have an important role in the development of the forest sector, largely through the transfer of knowledge on poplar and willow cultivation and the exchange of technologies and breeding material.

Upcoming events : Twenty-Sixth Session of the IPC

The International Poplar Commission (IPC) will hold its twenty-sixth Session in Rome, Italy at FAO on 8-9 October 2020, preceded by three days of dedicated scientific and technical discussions (October 5-7). 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 is expected to 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, June 10, 2019