Together with its stakeholders and the French Maritime Council, French public authorities are currently drawing up 4 'Documents Stratégiques de façade' – one for each French maritime coastline (East Channel-North Sea, North Atlantic-West Channel, South Atlantic, Mediterranean). In this context, a public consultation was launched on 26 January which will run until 25 March 2018. It is structured around two modalities:
- The set-up of an online participatory platform aimed at allowing the public to learn more about the planning and objectives and to submit comments on the proposed future vision. Participants will also have the possibility to interact and exchange along themselves. The platform can be found at: www.merlittoral2030.gouv.fr
- The organisation of public workshops in several coastal cities. More information on these meetings can be found on www.merlittoral2030.gouv.fr
Within one month after close of the consultation, the National Commission for Public Debate will analyse the results and integrate these in a report, which will be published on both the online platform ‘merlittoral2030’ as well as on the National Commission’s website. During the second half of 2018, a report on how stakeholder opinions were considered will be annexed to the draft final strategic documents which will then be submitted to a final consultation.