Public Consultation on the French Sea Basin Strategies - Give your opinion until June 4th

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3 April, 2019

In order to develop a long-term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors, France has adopted a National Maritime and Coastline Strategy (Stratégie nationale pour la mer et le littoral - SNML) which sets out an ambitious maritime policy for the 21st century. The national strategy is implemented at the level of sea basins by means of sea basin strategy documents (document stratégique de façade - DSF) in mainland France. Sea basin strategy documents are the legal solution chosen by France to address the requirements of the MSFD and the MSP Directive and these documents specify the conditions for implementing the national strategy according to local specificities. It includes MSP in the form of a vocation map and it is subject to an environmental assessment. The four strategic documents have been drafted in cooperation with stakeholders and have been assessed by the french Environmental Authority. They are now available for public consultation until the 4th of June 2019 at:

The following documents are available online in English:

  • National Strategy for the Sea and Coast
  • Sea and maritime basin - Strategy document
  • North Atlantic - Western Channel Sea Basin Strategy Document (summary)
  • Eastern Channel - North Sea Basin Strategy Document (summary)
  • South Atlantic Sea Basin Strategy Document (summary)
  • Mediterranean Sea Basin Strategy Document (summary)

A summary of the National Maritime and Coastline Strategy and four sea basin strategy documents is also available in the Practices Database.

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