International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment
Intercropping young poplar plantations with maize. ©B. Heois/FAO

Working Party on Environmental and Ecosystem Services


The overarching objective of the IPC Environmental and Ecosystem Services Working Party (WP-ENV) is to be a leading global source of technical knowledge and biological information about tree genetics and ecophysiology. The Working Party also aims to provide networking opportunities focused on the environmental and ecosystem services that poplars and other fast-growing trees provide.

WP-ENV seeks to enhance information exchange about ecological restoration, reclamation, remediation, and other nature-based solutions that are used to green and clean the environment. At the same time, WP-ENV aims to provide economically viable and sustainable, long-term solutions for increasing biodiversity conservation and resilience, while improving ecosystem services (e.g., clean water, healthy soils, carbon sequestration), and reducing global degradation of land, water, and air, thus directly contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal

Action plan 2023-2024

The approach of WP-ENV initially consists of a planned survey to be sent to international experts, practitioners, and other user groups with varying levels of knowledge about fast-growing trees to identify priority needs, challenges, and opportunities that WP-ENV can help address (short-term). Results of the survey will be used to inform future WP-ENV strategies and approaches that can be replicated throughout the world.  

In addition, the primary ongoing approach (short-, medium-, and long-term) of WP-ENV consists of conducting priority activities within each of the three core areas of interest: 

  1. Engage into networking, by leading and contributing to collaborations across IPC Working Parties and with other organizations (e.g., IUFRO, IEA, EURAF, IUAF, etc.); by organizing and joining online discussion sessions; by leading or participating at international conferences, symposia, or meetings and by providing internship opportunities for students and young professionals with practitioners and experts 

*Especially WP-PRO (Production systems for the bioeconomy) and WP-COM (Communication and outreach) 

  1. Leading in outreach and facilitation of technical exchange on research and sustainable management of poplars and other fast-growing trees grown for environmental and ecosystem services, including production of food crops in agroforestry systems ; through products such as science briefs; online webinar series; technical papers or educational videos for multiple platforms and audiences 

  1. Actively recruiting members that can contribute to accelerating knowledge exchange on research, management, education, and outreach environmental and ecosystem services provided by poplars and other fast-growing trees, thanks to personal contacts; young professionals’ network; science theme groups and internship opportunities for students and young professionals with practitioners and experts  

Call for abstracts

For the submission of abstracts for the 14th International Short Rotation Woody Crops Conference, please fill out the form

For any additional information, please refer to: 14th International Short Rotation Woody Crops Conference - Call for abstracts 

Key results and publications

Science Briefs:

IPC WP-ENV science briefs are two-page summaries of published manuscripts and major reports, activities, etc. related to environmental and ecosystem services.

March 2019

Riparian Buffers in Agricultural Areas 
Phytoremediation in Your Own Neighbourhood: A Guide for High School Students 

April 2019 

Positive Water Linkages of Bioenergy and Phytotechnologies: Poplars and Willows 
Bridging the Gap Between Phytoremediation, Agronomy, Horticulture, and Forestry

May 2019

Selecting Poplar Trees to Remediate Landfill Leachate

June 2019

Long-term Phytoremediation Using Poplar: Ecosystem Services  

August 2019

Selection of Poplars and Willows for Phytoremediation of Nitrate

October 2019

Poplars Grown on Artificially Contaminated Soils: Growth and Physiology

December 2019

Hybrid Poplar and Russian Olive: Height Growth, Survival, and Phytoremediation on Saline Soils 

WP-ENV Contacts