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The project

This project aims to trigger the reforestation of Cystoseira within the Cinque Terre and Miramare marine protected areas, where this taxon was present, as proven by museum and scientific literature records. Disappearance causes have been removed and the protection is guaranteed by the marine protected areas. The project involves the transplanting of Cystoseira cultured juveniles, with advantages in terms of time, costs and ecological impact.


Cystoseira plays a key role in marine conservation supporting biodiversity, food webs, and
sequestrating large amount of CO2. In the last decades Cystoseira was reduced in Mediterranean due to anthropogenic pressure. Cystoseira is under surveillance as vulnerable: the lack of adults producing recruits and limited dispersal capabilities of Cystoseira hamper natural recolonisation.

The consortium

The Consortium is  composed by experts in conservation, study and research, communication and dissemination, information technology and digital communication.

Latest news

2020 Al via il ripopolamento di Punta Mesco con le alghe brune.

Al via il progetto di ripopolamento dei fondali di Punta Mesco con le alghe brune. Il Parco delle 5 Terre riprende in questi giorni il progetto Roc-Pop Life, con il posizionamento delle piastrelle, che reggono le alghe brune. Un piano di monitoraggio della salute dei fondali e delle specie animali e vegetali, che rientra nel […]

5terre ROC-POPLife 2020

Ed ecco finalmente in mare, in AMP Cinque Terre, le nuove piastrelline coi giovanili 2020. Rimangono salde e crescono accanto alle “piantine” collocate lo scorso anno

2020 Restoration: the new season start

Starts the news reproductive season in Liguria for ROC-POPLife. Here the team from University of Genova at work for the new tile setup, and for the collection of fertile material.

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