Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment (IPC) has extended until May 20th the deadline for the submission of paper abstracts for its 26th IPC Session. The event will be held in Rome from October 6th to 9th, 2020.
The Commission has also said that by June 15th the Organizing Committee will announce if the 26th IPC Session will be cancelled, postponed, held via video conference, or continue as planned. The Commission also stated that should the study tours be cancelled or postponed, anyone who has registered and paid for these events will receive full reimbursement.
In view of the current challenges posed to the world in moving towards green, bio-based and climate-smart economies and the opportunities offered by fast-growing trees to contribute to these developments, the theme the IPC chose for its 26th Session is “The role of Salicaceae and other fast-growing trees in sustainable wood supplies and climate change mitigation”.
The subjects to be discussed during the Rome session will cover the sustainable production of raw materials for future plant-based economies at various scales. Related issues such as climate change adaptation and mitigation; resilience against disasters, threats and crises; biodiversity conservation; landscape restoration; and sustainable agriculture and forestry will also be discussed.
The IPC is a statutory body of FAO that achieves its objectives through technical exchange, standard setting, and contributes to conservation and sustainable use of fast-growing trees. Founded in 1947, its mission is 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 Sessions are organized every four years and are held to review information on scientific, technical, social, economic and environmental aspects of fast-growing trees.
In you need more information, please stay tuned and monitor the IPC website https://www.ipc2020.it/ where any relevant announcements will be published.