International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment
Dehiscing capsules of poplar trees. ©D. Dickmann/FAO

Working Party on Communication and Outreach


The mission of the Working Party on Communication and Outreach (WP-COM) is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and capacities, including on most recent technological advances, about fast-growing trees and their sustainable management to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, landowners and donors. It works with and enables the efforts of all Working Partiesof the IPC . WP-COM also aims at supporting National Commissions of IPC Member Countries and non-Member Countries interested in strengthening national knowledge and capacities on fast-growing trees and their sustainable management. Key products of WP-COM include Highlight Sheets, Infographics, and IPC Newsletter contributions, all accessible through the IPC website.

Action plan 2023-2024 

  1. Establish links to all IPC Working Partiesand work with the IPC Secretariat to streamline their contributions to the IPC website;
  2. Recruit new WP-COM members from all regions to expand coverage and broaden technical expertise;
  3. Develop Highlight Sheets and Infographics on current scientific outcomes;
  4. Develop and share current list of international meetings where IPC's participation will be relevant;
  5. Expand the IPC Photo Gallery with recent photographs of fast-growing trees from the world.

Key results and publications

Highlight sheets:

WP-COM Contacts 

  • Dr. Barb Thomas, Co-Chairperson, University of Alberta, Canada. Contact: [email protected]
  • Dr. Judson Isebrands, Co-Chair, Environmental Forestry Consultants, USA. Contact: [email protected]
  • Dr. Raju Soolanayakanahally, Agriculture and Agrifood, Canada. Contact: [email protected]