International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment
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Working Party on Policy, Communication and Outreach

The mandate of the new Working Party on Policy, Communication and Outreach is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology from researchers (scientists and academics) to practitioners, policymakers, donors, the public and provide outreach for Working Parties 1-5. Specifically, the mandate will be to support National Poplar Commissions and provide wider support to the IPC membership. 

Working Party officers

Barb Thomas, Chair
Professor, University of Alberta

NSERC/Industry Research Chair in Tree Improvement
442 Earth Sciences Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E3

Tel.: (1-780) 492-8016

Vice-Chairperson: Raju Soolanayakanahally (Canada)

Judson G. Isebrands
Environmental Forestry Consultants, LLC
P.O. Box 54
New London, Wisconsin 54961
United States of America

Tel: +1-715-490-4817

The programme of action for 2016-2020 includes:

  • Attract membership of interested parties.
  • Establish links to other working parties.
  • Establish a web-portal on IPC website.
  • Provide links to existing policy documents broken down by region, country (members and non-members) and state/province/etc.
  • Provide a repository of current policy barriers to provide direction on research needs for different regions of the world.
  • Provide ‘News Flashes’ to all IPC members and National Commissions when new information is loaded to the IPC website (relating to all working parties).
  • Develop a template for ‘Highlight Sheets’ - a 2-page fact sheet with take home messages from science outcomes.