D3.3 Proposal for tools to improve data sharing and stakeholder engagement – French maritime spatial plans use case


This paper uses the case of French maritime spatial plans to propose tools to improve data sharing stakeholder engagement. The paper, and the practices discussed therein, have 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.  

Sea Basin(s): 
September 2021
Application in MSP: 
Unknown effect
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Develop and implement plan

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • How to disseminate the content of a planning document to the general public, and at different scales (MPA, sea basins)?

Implementation Context:

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

Aspects / Objectives:

This practice proposes tools to improve data sharing and stakeholder engagement through a case study on the use of French maritime spatial plans.

Method / Results:

This report showcases the French approach, namely: (i) a concise summary of the DSF targets, (ii) the methodology and interactive maps developed to support the understanding of socio-economic stakes and data availability for stakeholders at the DSF level and (iii) the initial steps taken to support the publication of the MSP plan on the French national portal for maritime limits (https://maritimelimits.gouv.fr/).


This paper is specific to France but the recommendations presented to share data between stakeholders can be used in other countries.

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.