Background

The International Poplar Commission (IPC), a technical statutory body of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) serves members through their National Poplar Commissions, Working Parties and through full Sessions, which are held every 4 years for the poplar and willow community to exchange and share the progress and advances in research, silviculture, management, forest industries and markets. These Sessions bring together government officers, researchers, producers, industry engineers, traders and users aiming to apply scientific knowledge and technology into policies, plans and practices for development and to improve ecological conditions and people’s livelihoods.

Poplars and willows are two of the major fast-growing and short-rotation genera cultivated world-wide and are playing critical roles in rehabilitation of degraded lands (agriculture and forestry), combating desertification, in raw material supply to industries, recreation and amenity benefits, particularly in urban areas. Poplars and willows are providing wood and fibre for a wide range of forest products (lumber, panel products, pulp and paper and other products) and are increasingly an important source of biofuel.

The IPC was formally established in 1947. Hence the 2012-Session to be held in Dehradun, India marks the 65th birthday of the IPC. India has around 240,000 ha under poplar, mostly planted in mixture with agricultural crops. Most poplar plantations are private-owned and have contributed significantly to improving people’s welfare in rural areas.

last updated:  Thursday, July 26, 2012