STUDY TOUR IN FRANCE, 01- 04 October 2020

Pre-session Tour in France organized by the Conseil National du Peuplier                                                 

Overview of environmental and socio-economic services offered by Poplar cultivation in Nouvelle Aquitaine Region (France)

 

Organizing Committee: Conseil Régional Nouvelle Aquitaine, DRAAF Nouvelle Aquitaine, Chambre du Peuplier, Association Propopulus, CRPF Nouvelle Aquitaine-IDF, Association Peuplier Nouvelle Aquitaine, Coopérative Alliance Forêt-Bois, FCBA, INRAE.

Thursday 1 October 2020 – Bordeaux (France)

  • 13:00 – 14:00          Arrival at FCBA Boutaut wood laboratories, Welcome [1]
  • 14:00 – 15:00          Presentations by the French Ministry of Agriculture, FCBA Boutaut, and the French
                                              National Commission on of poplar and other fast growing species cultivation in France
  • 15:00 – 17:00          Presentation on advances in wood sawing and grading and visit of the different wood
                                              laboratories
  • 17:00 – 18:00           Bus transfer to Hôtel de Région Nouvelle Aquitaine (included) [2]
  • 18:00 – 20:00           Presentation on the regional context for poplar cultivation and use in Nouvelle-
                                               Aquitaine  Region and cocktail reception

Night in Bordeaux, not included in package

Friday 2 October 2020 – Start of field tour – ‘Wood factories Day’

  • 07:30 – 10:30          Bus transfer to Secondigné-sur-Belle [3]
  • 10:40 – 11:30          Visit to Archimbaud sawmill
  • 11:30 – 11:45          Transfer to Secondigné-sur-Belle city hall
  • 11:45 – 12:45           Presentations by ProPopulus and by Chambre du Peuplier
  • 12:45 – 14:00           Lunch at Secondigné-sur-Belle city hall
  • 14:00 – 15:00          Transfer to Augé [4]
  • 15:00 – 16:00           Visit of Martin Packaging factory
  • 16:00 – 17:00          Presentation of the Société Fournier wood chemistry, coffee

Transfer, diner and accommodation in Niort, included in package

 Saturday 3 October 2020 – ‘Poplar Cultivation Day’

  • 07:45 – 08:25          Transfer to Coulon [5]
  • 08:30 – 09:30          Presentation of Regional natural park of Marais Poitevin and of the project “ poplar
                                             challenge in Marais Poitevin”
  • 09:30 – 10:30          Bus tour
  • 10:30 – 11:40         Transfer to La Vergne / Moulinvau [6]
  • 11:45 – 13:00         Populiculture demonstration by the Alliance Forêt Bois Cooperative
  • 13:00 – 14:30         Transfer and lunch at Saint Jean d’Angely
  • 14:30 – 15:30         Transfer to Auvignac [7]
  • 15:30 – 16:40         Presentation of the activities of GIS Peuplier (poplar breeding, clonal testing and
                                             conservation of genetic resources)
  • 17:00 – 18:15        Transfer to Bougneau [8] and visit of an experimental plot managed by private forest
                                            owners
  • 18:15- 20:00           Transfer to Bordeaux

Night in Bordeaux, not included in package

 Sunday 4 October 2020 – ‘Robinia Cultivation Day’

  • 08:00 – 09:00        Visit to a Robinia experimental plot close to Langon [9]
  • 10:45 – 11:00        Transfer to Bommes [10]
  • 11:00 – 12:00        Vineyard visit and wine tasting, Château La Tour Blanche

Transfer to Bordeaux airport and departure