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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.

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ROC-POPLife Layman report

ROC-POPLife is a concrete conservation action aimed at restoring habitat 1170 in two marine Natura2000 sites (which are Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance – SPAMI) through the reintroduction of Cystoseira sensu lato species. The project involves the implantation of cultured Cystoseira juveniles, with advantages in terms of time, cost and ecological impact.

ROC-POPLife Final Event

The project is coming to an end and we would like to share with you the efforts and results achieved by the whole partnership and those who have followed us. They have been years of hard work but full of satisfaction and fruitful for the concrete restoration actions carried out in the MPAs of Miramare […]

Auguri a Miramare

12/11/1986 – 12/11/2021 Auguri per i 35 anni dell’ Area Marina Protetta Miramare che ospita alcune delle azioni di restauro di ROCPopLife finanziato dal programma LIFE della Commissione Europea. Se ne parla oggi sul quotidiano locale Il Piccolo .

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