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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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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.

Kick-off meeting

ROC-POP-LIFE Kick-off Meeting AGENDA 04-05/11/2017 Santa Margherita Ligure Administrative and management Session 14.00 Welcome and project summary presentation 14.15 Partnership Agreement revision 14.30 Review of management structure and decision making mechanism 14.45 Discussion on prefinancing distribution and financial reporting 15.00 Rules and Communication Plan, Logo, Templates, Website COFFEE BREAK Technical Session 15.30 Review of work […]

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