Increasing awareness of the Life Biomass C+ Project

The Life Biomass C+ Project was presented by the Agro-Energy Group of the Technical University of Madrid (GA-UPM) to delegates of the Typha Project from Nigeria, the United States of America and Spain on 16th September 2019. The Typha project is an action research located in Hadejia Valley Irrigation District in northern Nigeria, where extensive colonies of cattails thrive. Its main focuses are animal feed and biogas from cattails, so that cattails turn into a resource for local people instead of a threat; it is funded by the World Bank.

GA-UPM (partner in the Life Biomass C+ Project) and CEIGRAM-UPM (coordinating team of the Typha project), share common interest in developing non-conventional uses of cattails as well as in exchanging knowledge on research related issues; both teams keep frequent contacts taking advantage of the fact that they are located at  the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). Within the activities of the Typha Project, CEIGRAM-UPM organized a round table on ‘Opportunities and challenges in Nigerian Agriculture’ and a Technical Tour for delegates to be held in Spain in September 2019.

In order to present the Life Biomass C+ Project and the progress made on cattails cultivation and their applications, delegates from Nigeria, USA and Spain visited GA-UPM facilities on 16th September 2019. The visit included the GA-UPM nursery of cattails, water bodies with cattails grown as floaters and a phytodepuration pilot plant based on cattails. The Project flyer and articles by Life Biomass C+ partners published in the EUBCE proceedings of 2018 and 2019 were handed out. Delegates were informed about the Actions of the Project, Institutions involved, and activities carried out so far. Funding from the European Union to Life Biomass C+ Project was gratefully acknowledged.