Project essentials

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

Monitoraggi a Miramare

Continuano le attività di monitoraggio e manutenzioni periodiche agli impianti di ROC-POPLife. I ricercatori di UNITS e WWF AMP Miramare si recano infatti con frequenza presso le stazioni di ripopolamento per controllarne lo stato di salute e effettuare periodiche manutenzioni necessarie alla protezione delle piccole alghe.

ROC-POPLife updates december 2020

The year 2020 was a difficult one for ROC-POPLife, which had to severely reduce its field activities due to the lockdown and restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Despite the difficulties, however, all the partners have tried to maintain a high level of attention to the project, continuing the activities on the installations, and promoting the […]

Monitoraggi in Liguria

Continuano le attività di monitoraggio in Liguria per il progetto ROC-POPLife. Occasioni per nuovi dottorandi e laureandi per conoscere le tecniche di restoration e metterle in pratica a CinqueTerre

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