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Published on 23/07/2019

A website retracing the typha odyssey

Several videos make it possible to retrace the typha odyssey, a long road travelled by GRET and its partners (in french) to convert an environmental scourge – typha – into green energy.

This fast-growing reed has been invading the banks of the Senegal River for 30 years, smothering biodiversity and preventing local populations from accessing the river and its resources. Together with its partners, GRET launched an ambitious project in Mauritani (in french)a and subsequently in Senegal (in french) to deal with this typha invasion. The project consists of converting the reed into clean sustainable biofuel, providing a credible alternative to charcoal, and potentially useful for economic development of the region.

All resources produced by GRET on typha (videos, technical manuals, etc.) are now available on

Are you interested in conversion of typha? Are you in a position to contribute technical,  commercial or financial support? 

Join us and participate in the odyssey with us! (in french)
Read the article entitled “The typha odyssey
Visit the website: (in french)