Plantations

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: an alternative to cotton?

ProPopulus Team A team of Swedish researchers is proposing poplar as an alternative to cotton. Their research aims at replacing cotton fibre for textiles with fibre for textiles from fast-growing poplars. Today, worldwide there are 34.5 million hectares of arable land fit for food crops currently devoted to cotton cultivation. By substituting cotton fibres with…

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The French CNPF encourages forests owners
in Burgundy to grow and replant poplar groves

ProPopulus Team The Burgundy Franche-Comté National Center for Forest Property (CNPF) is encouraging the plantation of poplar groves as well as the replanting after harvesting among forest owners in the region through information meetings on poplar trees. Today, in Burgundy Franche-Comté, about one in three hectares is not replanted after harvest. The CNPF has found…

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Peupliers de France launches a new website

ProPopulus Team After nine months of hard work, and with the support of France Bois Forêt and CODIFAB, the French Poplar National Council (Consel National du Peuplier, CNP) recently announced the launching of a new version of Peupliers de France website, including a brand-new Poplar Directory. Currently this Directory mainly includes Merci le Peuplier members,…

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Poplar is a fundamental resource for France’s rural life

ProPopulus Team France is Europe’s first poplar producer. Poplar cultivation in France began in the 1760’s, and although the areas planted with poplar have been shrinking for the last 20 years, today, populicuture creates 12.000 direct non-relocatable jobs and an equal number of indirect jobs in French rural areas, strengthening the economic activity at several…

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Poplar, vital for building a bioeconomy in Spain

ProPopulus Team The importance of poplar cultivation in the construction of a bioeconomy in Spain, its potential for  generating rural employment, its environmental advantages and its efficiency in terms of sustainability were some of the matters discussed at the “El Chopo” (Poplar) forest seminar, held on October 7th in Pamplona, ​​Navarra, Spain. The event was…

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The benefits of a poplar plantation bioeconomy in Granada

ProPopulus Team The Social Council of the University of Granada, Spain, has recently published a study on how poplar benefits bioeconomy in the province of Granada, in Andalusia, Spain, as part of the project Dialogues with Society. The Council is the University’s branch for social participation and aims at promoting the connection between the University,…

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Planted forests are increasing worldwide

ProPopulus Team Offsetting carbon is one of the main objectives of countries that want to meet the goals set by the Paris Agreement. This is one of the reasons why plantation forests are increasing in Europe and worldwide. But as controversy around forests and ecosystem services rises in Europe, policymakers must keep their eyes set…

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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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