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D2.2 Stakeholder ownership of maritime spatial plans: Perspectives created by web-based solutions A web portal to communicate the management plan of the “Mer des Pertuis et Estuaire de la Gironde” Marine Nature Park.


This paper has been developed within the context of the SIMAtlantic project that aims to support the establishment and implementation of Maritime Spatial Plans in line with MSP Directive requirements. This case study aims to explore perspectives offered by web solutions to deliver complex plans in an intelligible way.

Application in MSP:
Type of Issue:
Type of practice:
Stage of MSP cycle:
Cross-border / trans-national aspect:
Key words:

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • What stakes are addressed by each objective or zone set out in the plan?
  • What are the exact regulations and to whom does it is apply?

Implementation Context:

The report was produced within the framework of the SIMAtlantic project.

Aspects / Objectives:

This case study aims to explore perspectives offered by web solutions to deliver complex plans in a comprehensive way.


Due to the status of implementation of MSP plans in France at the beginning of the SIMAtlantic project, they decided to test web-development on the management plan of a Marine Nature Park. A Marine Nature Park is a French legal MPA category that can be assimilated as multi-objective MPA. Its management objectives cover ecosystem preservation as well as support for the sustainable development of maritime uses and stakeholder awareness-raising. The “Gironde Estuary and Pertuis Sea Marine Nature Park (Parc naturel marin de l’estuaire de la Gironde et de la mer des Pertuis), located along the French coast of the Bay of Biscay, was chosen for this case study.

Main Outputs / Results:

This case study enables at the identification of logical relationships between elements of the plan, i.e., initial assessment (state of the art, stakes) and related management decisions (objectives, zoning, actions and monitoring). This also enables users to “navigate” the plan. Web mapping solutions also offer the possibility to clearly spatialise each element of the plan.


Marine Nature Park management plans are very similar to a Sea Basin Document in terms of structure. Therefore, the intention is to adapt this kind of tool to French MSP plans and to make it available for any country which may bve interested in this method.

Responsible Entity:

SIMAtlantic project.

Costs / Funding Source:

This document was produced as part of the SIMAtlantic project (Grant Agreement: EASME/EMFF/2018/

Contact person:

SIMAtlantic project.