Programme UPDATE: a virtual Session

For the first time, the IPC will hold its 26th Session virtually.

IPC National Commissions are invited to send the names and affiliations of their representatives to the Session, and representatives’ alternates, to IPC-Secretariat@fao.org. The Session will be convened under the provisions of Article XIV of the FAO Constitution and will be open to all Members of the Commission and also to observers.

Programme summary

The IPC Session will include live interactions during the formal session of Members, as well as technical presentations and side events relevant to the IPC. Technical presentations and posters will be hosted online and live discussion meetings organized with the authors. Interested authors should register and submit abstracts at the conference website by 21 May 2021 so the organizers can provide you with the latest updates and information.

Call for abstracts

The IPC welcomes the submission of abstracts on topics relevant to the IPC and the theme of the session by 21 May 2021. To promote an interlinked approach to its deliberations, the IPC encourages submissions from authors with diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to: the forestry, agriculture, energy and water sectors; civil society, research and academia; the public sector; women and youth groups; and the private sector. Registration and submission of abstracts is available via the conference website at https://www.ipc2020.it/registration/.

Those authors with abstracts selected for oral presentation should expect to provide pre-recorded video presentations to the Session organizers. Those selected for poster presentation should expect to provide their presentations in electronic format. Oral and poster presentations will be in the English language. Technical specifications for presentations will be provided with notification of acceptance.

The IPC (International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment) is a statutory body of FAO founded in 1947 to facilitate restoration of the severely degraded landscapes of Europe after the Second World War. Today it has 38 Member Nations on five Continents. The IPC achieves its objectives through technical exchange, standard setting, and the conservation and sustainable use of fast-growing trees. Traditionally, poplars and willows have been the main interest of the IPC; in 2019 however, the IPC broadened its scope to include other fast-growing trees that sustain people and the environment.

Fast-growing trees are an important component of forestry and agricultural production systems worldwide. Often, these production systems are owned by small-scale farmers and support their livelihoods. Moreover, fast-growing trees are an efficient and established means to produce wood, fuel, restore degraded land, and sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Fast-growing tree species can contribute greatly to prosperous societies based on climate-friendly economies that make greater use of raw materials produced by trees. To achieve this, new scientific knowledge and its applications must be demonstrated.

In the years since the IPC community last met in Berlin, Germany (2016), scientists and practitioners have generated a wealth of information (e.g.: in molecular genetics, breeding, plant physiology, pathology and ecology). This body of knowledge represents an indispensable resource from which new applications will surely emerge. The IPC has chosen the theme of the 26th Session of the IPC, “The role of Salicaceae and other fast-growing trees in trees in economic recovery, sustainable wood supplies and climate change mitigation”, in view of the current challenges in moving towards green, bio-based and climate-smart economies and the opportunities offered by fast-growing trees to contribute to these developments. The subjects to be discussed during this Session will contribute to the sustainable production of raw materials for future plant-based economies at various scales, and the related issues of climate change adaptation and mitigation; resilience against disasters, threats and crises; biodiversity conservation; landscape restoration; and sustainable agriculture and forestry.

Please monitor this website (https://www.ipc2020.it/) where any relevant announcements will be published.

Martin Weih

Chairperson of the International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment (IPC)

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)