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International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment (former International Poplar Commission) (FO-702)

Title International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment (former International Poplar Commission)
Code FO-702
Sessions and documents

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Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Article XIV

Origin

Established in 1947 during the "Semaine internationale du Peuplier" organized by the French Government. The Conference, at its Tenth Session (1959), approved a convention placing the Commission within the framework of FAO. The Convention came into force on 26 September 1961. The Convention was amended at the Second Special Session of the Commission (1967) with the subsequent approval of the Conference at its Fourteenth Session (1967). At its Third Special Session (1977), the Commission adopted additional amendments with the subsequent approval of the Conference at its Nineteenth Session (1977). At its Fifth Special Session (2019), the Commission adopted additional amendments with the subsequent approval of the Conference at its Forty-first Session (2019).

Rules of Procedure

General Rules of the Organization

Category Cat. 1
Purpose

To study and engage on scientific, technical, social, economic, and environmental aspects of Populus and other fast-growing trees; to promote the exchange of sustainable management practices, knowledge, technology, and material between researchers, developers, producers, and users; to arrange joint research programmes; to stimulate the organization of congresses combined with study tours; to report and make recommendations to the FAO Conference through the Director-General, and to make recommendations to the National Commissions or other national bodies provided for in Article IV of this Convention, through the Director-General and the Governments concerned.

Secretary Thomas Hofer (Secretary a.i.)
Membership

Member Nations or Associate Members of the Organization as accept the Convention in accordance with Article XIII thereof. The Commission may, by a two-thirds majority of its Membership, admit to Membership such other Nations that are Members of the United Nations, any of its Specialized Agencies or the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Sessions of the Commission are also open to observers from Member Nations of FAO that, without being Members of the Commission, may indicate their wish to attend the Session on account of their interest in poplar and willow culture.

Number of Members 38
List of Members
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Czechia
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Korea
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United States of America
Languages English, French and Spanish
Frequency of Sessions One session every four years
Division Forestry Division (NFO)
Contact information/email

[email protected]

Web site

International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment

First Session The "Semaine internationale du Peuplier" held in Paris in April 1947, is considered the First Session of the Commission.
Pattern of sessions 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1962, 1965, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 and 2020
Subsidiary Bodies

Working Party on Taxonomy, Nomenclature and Registration
- Open to all Member Nations of the Commission

Working Party on Domestication and Conservation of Genetic Resources
- Open to all Member Nations of the Commission

Working Party on Plant Health, Resilience to Threats and Climate Change
- Open to all Member Nations of the Commission

Working Party on Sustainable Livelihoods, Land-use, Products and Bioenergy
- Open to all Member Nations of the Commission

Working Party on Environmental and Ecosystem Services
- Open to all Member Nations of the Commission

Working Party on Policy, Communication and Outreach
- Open to all Member Nations of the Commission