Information on the IPC

The IPC is one of the oldest statutory bodies within the framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It was founded in 1947 by 9 European countries in the aftermath of WWII destructions, when poplar and willow culture was considered a priority to supporting reconstruction of rural and industrial economies. IPC’s relationship with FAO was formalized in 1967 by placing it as a statutory body under the provisions of Art. XIV of the FAO Constitution. Statutory bodies are established by the Director-General of FAO at the request of member states to carry out specific tasks in support of the work of FAO and to provide specialist advice in high-priority areas or questions. IPC now comprises 38 member countries that have accepted the Convention and established a national commission (NC). The IPC's mandate is the scientific, technical, social, economic and environmental aspects of Populus and other fast- growing trees that sustain people and the environment. Priorities of the Commission’s work are forest resources production, protection, conservation and utilization, with a view to sustaining livelihoods, land uses, rural development and the environment. This work includes food security issues, climate change and carbon sinks, biodiversity conservation and resilience against biotic and abiotic threats, and combating deforestation.

The 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;
  6. Policy, Communication and Outreach. 

 IPC has had an important role in the development of the forest and timber sectors in rural areas, largely through the transfer of knowledge on fast growing species and the exchange of technologies and breeding material.

For more information on the IPC see the FAO's governing bodies website for the IPC (


dernière mise à jour:  mardi 3 mars 2020