Background and participation


The International Poplar Commission (IPC), a statutory body of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), is an international commission with 37 countries as members, each one with its own National Poplar Commission.

The objectives of the IPC are to study the scientific, technical, social and economic aspects of poplar and willow cultivation and to promote the research and the exchange of ideas among the researchers, producers and users. Five Working Parties reflect the principal issues about the cultivation and utilization of Salicaceae; Poplar and Willow Genetics, Conservation and Improvement; Diseases; Insects and other Animal Pests; Production Systems and Environmental Applications; and Logging and Utilization. There is also a subcommittee on Poplar and Willow Nomenclature and registration.

The IPC, which meets every four years, will be held in 2008 in Beijing, China, 26-30 October, 2008. This 23rd Session of the IPC, 43rd Session of the Executive Committee and Scientific Sessions of Working Parties will address topical policy and technical issues and follow up recommended actions related to the theme – “Poplars, Willows and People’s Wellbeing”.


The meeting will be suitable for policy makers, forest managers, forest scientists and academics, from public and private institutions, landowners, indigenous peoples and students with an interest in growing and using Poplars and Willows for social, environmental and economic benefits.
last updated:  Friday, December 7, 2007