International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment
Newly-established poplar plantation with crops, Chile ©FAO/B. Heois

The International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment (IPC) is a treaty-based statutory body placed within the framework of the FAO. Its mission is to reduce poverty and improve ecosystem services worldwide by fostering the sustainable management of fast-growing trees.

Founded in 1947 to restore Europe's ravaged landscapes after the Second World War, today it has 38 Member Nations on five continents. IPC has contributed, for example, to the establishment of outgrower schemes on more than 450,000 hectares in India; and to the Chinese 'Great Green Wall' or Three-North Shelterbelt, which mitigates desertification across a projected 4,500 kilometres of northern China. 

IPC achieves its objectives by facilitation of technical exchange on research and sustainable management of fast-growing forests and trees.