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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.

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

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Open Day Area Science PArk

ROC-POPLife at OPENDAY Area Science Park

Saturday 16th of June in Area Science Park during the Open Day ROC-POPLife worked in the dissemination actions of the project. A full day of awareness to the great public to underline the role of science and scientist in the everyday life.



RADAR DEL 29/05/2018 – Il rimboschimento di Cystoseira During the popular Radio Show RADAR, Daniela Picoli speaker, the coordinator Annalisa Falace from UNITS and Saul Ciriaco on behalf of WWF OASI Miramare MPA talked about restoration of cystoseira during the ROC-POPLife project financed by LIFE Programme


ROCPopLife Natura2000Day with DUE

ROCPopLife LIFE project celebrates #Natura2000Day at Sistiana Diving on Saturday and Sunday 26/27 of May During the day we will focus on the importance of Marine Forests; with divers of Divers United Environment we will go underwater to sea relevance of algal seascape. at 12 am on Sunday there will be a presentation of the […]

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