European poplar association Pro-Populus publishes policy document 'Poplar, the tree of the 21st century' in three new languages in effort to build links with policymakers, highlight advantages including raw material availability, environmental credentials

BRUSSELS , March 18, 2014 (press release) – In the framework of its latest Board meeting, the European association for the poplar sector published its argumentation document in three new language versions.

This document entitled “Poplar, the tree of the 21st century” was already available in French and has now been translated into English, Spanish and Italian. It invites policymakers to become acquainted with the indisputable advantages poplar has to offer. Through this initiative, the Board members of Pro-Populus wish to achieve a better understanding of the European poplar sector and a closer cooperation with the European institutions.

The publication stresses the rapid growth and relative facility of poplar production, which makes it possible to meet many expectations of our society. Indeed, poplar offers many favourable opportunities benefitting each and every actor of the wood sector.

In a time when important environmental decisions and commitments are taken, the members of Pro-Populus are convinced that poplar undoubtedly shows unique characteristics which make it the ideal transversal element supporting many fields of activities of the European Union, such as:

  • contribution to a greener and more durable economy,
  • tackling climate change,
  • raw material availability,
  • renewable energy use,
  • rural development, etc.
“In the different Member States, we note with concern that policymakers know very little of this reality and is far from supporting the plantations of poplar as they should be. Our intention today is to show to the political sphere that poplar really is the tree of the 21st century”, explains Nicoletta Azzi, President of Pro-Populus.

The argumentation document of Pro-Populus is available on http://www.pro-populus.eu/en/publications. For more information, please contact Mr François Sougnez (françois.sougnez@cei-bois.org), Secretary General of Pro-Populus.

About Pro-Populus

Founded at the end of 2008, the European association for the poplar sector, Pro-Populus, is unique in the sense that, for the first time, it gathers growers, promoters as well as industrial users of poplar in the variety of uses it offers (panels, packaging, energy, etc.).

Pro-Populus offers an opportunity to anyone working with or interested in poplar to join the association and to contribute to its activities as a full member or as a contributor.

Industry Intelligence editor's note: The creation of the Pro-Populus in 2008 was supported by CEI Bois, the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries, where the association has its legal seat. For more information go to: http://www.pro-populus.eu/en/

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