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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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ROCPopLife celebrates Natura2000Day

ROCPopLife LIFE project celebrates #Natura2000Day at Area Marina Protetta Miramare BIOMA on Sunday 20th of May Our WWF and WWF OASI party precedes the World Biodiversity Day on May 22, organized by the UN to underline the importance of defending and protecting natural richeness coordinated by Annalisa Salace and the kind support of Sara Kaleb […]

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I giovani e la ricerca sul mare

Promoting biodiversity enhancement by Restoration Of Cystoseira POPulations 11 May 2018 – Genova I giovani e la ricerca sul mare XIV Incontro dei dottorandi e giovani ricercatori in ecologia e scienze dei sistemi acquatici.

BioMA Meeting

ROC-POP-LIFE meets students from University of Trieste 10-04/11/2018 WWF Miramare MPA Visitor Centre A very interesting and effective meeting with students of University to explain potential of ROC-POPLife project and relevance of algal reforestation relevance in Miramare MPA Management Plan.

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