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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

ROC-POPLife Updates Nov19

Winter maintenance of the Miramare outplants. Plants are healthy and safe from grazing. We are continously monitoring the installations. Winter is here now, but we’re ready.

National Algologist Meeting

15-16 NOvember in Bari The Scientific Meeting of the National Algology Group. An important occasion for ROC-POPLife project to share the experience of transplants but also of restoration actions carried out in Miramare and Cinque Terre MPAs. Many colleagues were interested in the development of the project to understand its potential but also the operational […]

ROC-POPLife at UNESCO Venice Meeting

Presentation of Area Marina Protetta Miramare actions ROCPopLife & RESTORFAN projects and educational activities in the context venice4climate UNESCO symposium. During the international meeting held in Venice, were presented the actions and strategies that Miramare MPA implements for the mitigation of climate change; among these, ROC-POPLife stands out. The description of ROC-POPLife projects has not […]

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