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Synthesis Map of Socio-Economic issues at sea in French Guiana

MSP-OR Advancing Maritime Spatial Planning in Outermost Regions


To facilitate MSP process and public debate in French Guiana, the MSP-OR project elaborated two maps compiling socio--cultural and environmental stakes and issues inherent to the French Guiana Sea basin. The themes studied were fisheries, aquaculture, yachting, nautical activities, commercial ports, cruises and maritime networks, mineral resources, and marine renewable energies. As a result, maps were produced making it easier for the broader public to understand the different issues  and will be of use for future concertations and MSP adaptation

Application in MSP:
Type of Issue:
Type of practice:
Stage of MSP cycle:
Cross-border / trans-national aspect:
Coherence with other processes:
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Questions this practice may help answer:

  • What is the geographic distribution of socio-cultural and environmental stakes and issues within the French Guiana Sea basin?

Implementation Context:

French Guiana is basing its MSP on a strategic sea basin document: the declining French sea and coastline national strategy.

Aspects / Objectives:

The aim of these maps is to provide a readable overview of the priorities at the scale of the whole sea basin, raising public awareness about maritime issues as well as providing material for public debate and institutional consultation during the MSP process.


The main socio-economic themes that have been selected are:

  • Fishing and aquaculture.
  • Yachting and nautical activities.
  • Commercial ports, cruises, and maritime networks.
  • Mineral resources.
  • Marine renewable energies.

Based on the issues identified for each of these themes, Cerema collected, formatted and spatialised available datasets, leading to the creation of geographic information layers within a dedicated geographic information system, accessible on a viewer:…

Main Outputs / Results:

Two maps synthesising the socio-economic and environmental stakes and issues within Guiana Sea Basin have been produced.


Mapping sea basin's socio-cultural and environmental stakes and issues in an easily understandable way is an exercise that can be realised in any sea basin

Responsible Entity:

Acores government

Costs / Funding Source:

European Union under the Grant Agreement number: 101035822 — MSP-OR — EMFF-MSP 2020.

Contact person:

MSP-OR contact: (info[at]msp-or[dot]eu)