Climate change

The French poplar plantation: effects of climate and new cultivars

ProPopulus Team Poplar is a widespread hardwood species in France, occupying just over 194,000 hectares, putting France well ahead of the rest of Western Europe. Although poplars account for over 1% of France’s forest area, they contribute 28% of the hardwood harvest, coming in second place (1.4 Mm3) after oak (2.2 Mm3) in 2021 (total…

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The Marais Poitevin Regional Nature Park launches an action plan to boost poplar plantations

ProPopulus Team The Marais Poitevin Regional Nature Park (MPRNP), located in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, western France,  has launched an action programme to promote poplar plantations. It includes planting 20,000 poplars during this winter (2022/2023). Poplars have been present in the Poitevin marshes for nearly two centuries, but they have greatly diminished in the last decades. There were 800,000…

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Poplar plywood: a good choice for the construction industry

ProPopulus Team In the last ten years, the demand for poplar plywood has increased notably, and the forecast for demand in the coming years is higher than the expected availability. This makes poplar wood plantations and sustainably managed forests a safe bet for the future. Poplars have a fast growth rate, and usually are ready…

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Wood buildings, potential major carbon sinks

ProPopulus Team Switching to wood on a wide scale as primary construction material for buildings in Europe could sequester 420 million tons of carbon dioxide over the next 20 years –the equivalent of emissions from 108 coal plants–, according to a new study on the carbon storage potential of new European buildings between 2020 y…

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IPC’s 26th Session, call for paper abstracts extended

ProPopulus team 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…

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Do you want to know how much a forest contributes beyond the wood it produces?

ProPopulus Team Forests don’t just produce wood. The benefits they bring to the ecosystem are many, but not incalculable. The international NGO FSC has developed a pioneering methodology to calculate them and will promote it in Spain through a series of technical workshops. The first workshop will take place on September 12 and 13 at…

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What are ecosystem services and why should we care and pay for them

ProPopulus team Ecosystem services are the many benefits that Nature provides to society.  These benefits make human life possible and divide into direct and indirect benefits. Direct benefits are, for example, the provision of nutritious foods and clean water, called “provisioning services”, or the regulation of features such as floods, land degradation, desiccation, soil salinization,…

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The wood industry has a key role to play in building a bio-economy

As awareness about climate change, ocean pollution and the need to turn towards a bio-economy rise, sustainability is becoming mainstream. But still there is a lot of work to be done and the wood industry has a key role to play in helping society understand the benefits of wood, sustainable plantations, and managed forests in…

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