Earth’s future lies in the Sea

Ocean resources and space are now accessible from the high seas to the abyss. At sea and on the coast, the solutions of some are often problems for others, and the environment is the victim of our choices.

SML is developing an integrated approach (energy, environmental, economic, social) to sustainable development at sea.

For a long time, the sea did not exist for land-based stakeholders; even the coastline was considered the edge of the land, not the edge of the sea. But the world is changing, and a growing number of local authorities and communities now wish to embrace the sea, or at least integrate it into their project space.

SML supports territories (communities, states, basins) at all stages of this process.

Our Skills

  • Drawing up integrated diagnoses of coastal and maritime territories

    At sea and on the coast, all the issues are inextricably intertwined; ecosystems have no borders, and neither do most of the activities and those who depend on them. In this respect, we carry out integrated territorial diagnoses based on our original approach of the Maritime and Coastal Capital. This enables us to highlight the multiple components that define these territories (ecosystems and resources, demographic, intellectual, cultural and industrial dynamism, etc.), the way in which they have so far helped to shape it, and the opportunities and threats that could condition its future.

  • Developing forward-looking and strategic visions

    How will maritime issues evolve under the combined pressure of local, regional, global, natural and human dynamics? What are the possible scenarios and how can we adapt, prepare, influence or act to shape the future? Today’s decisions shape tomorrow based on yesterday’s knowledge: we help our clients to see far beyond the horizon. We support the development and implementation of maritime and coastal strategies adapted to the territories, their challenges and the levers of action available (maritime section of SCOT, marine park, regional strategy or maritime section of SRADDET, etc.).

  • Proposing new methods of governance

    How can we strengthen the involvement of maritime and coastal stakeholders (citizens, professionals, scientists, managers, etc.) in the definition of strategies that will shape the future of their territories, and thus encourage their support for these strategies? By implementing the principles of territorial intelligence, we are working towards effective and inclusive governance of maritime and coastal areas. This requires us to have a detailed understanding of the issues at stake for all the players involved, and of the games that are played not only between them, but also with players at other levels (national, European, international), as the Ocean is global…

  • Integrating and disseminating scientific, technical and political knowledge

    Our respective backgrounds allow us to integrate the knowledge generated in increasing quantities by the marine sciences: physical, biological, technological, but also human, social and political. As such, we constantly monitor our different areas of interest, which we reinforce and use in all our projects. We also disseminate this knowledge by training various audiences (professionals, decision-makers, managers, students, etc.) in the many maritime and coastal issues and challenges, and in the approaches and tools that enable them to be addressed in an integrated manner (governance, planning, regulation, etc.).


Institutions and communities

Most of our work is carried out for public institutions, both local (local authorities, departmental or regional councils, States) and international (European Commission, World Bank, Union for the Mediterranean), which we assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of integrated policies and strategies for the sea and the coast.

Private organisations and project leaders

At the same time, we assist private organisations in defining development and adaptation strategies for blue economy sectors such as marine renewable energy, aquaculture or shellfish farming, tourism, etc. We put our expertise to work in innovative maritime projects to enable their integration into the natural and human environment.

Non-governmental and scientific organisations

At the crossroads of public and private issues, SML supports the action of associations involved in supporting sustainable maritime and coastal policies, and contributes to the production of knowledge on these themes in collaboration with national research laboratories.


Chairman – Chief Executive Officer

Frédérick has more than 20 years of experience as a project manager and consultant on technical, strategic and political issues related to the sea and the coast. After working in hydrography, meteorology and oceanography for civilian and military purposes (SHOM, DGA), and then as an advisor to the Prime Minister within the General Secretariat for the Sea (France) during the development of the National Strategy for the Sea and the Coast, he joined SML in 2014, and then took over the management in 2019. A keen analyst and connoisseur of the maritime world and its players, Frédérick brings his expertise to all our clients and ensures the overall consistency of our actions.

Consultant – Researcher

After training as an agricultural engineer, and a Master’s degree in Expertise and Management of the Coastal Environment, Clément joined the SML crew in 2016. In order to refine his maritime expertise, he completed a doctorate in Geography between 2017 and 2021 in the CIFRE format, applied to Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), while keeping a foot in the company’s many projects. Rigorous in his work, but a relaxed communicator, Clément is also in charge of the website you are browsing.

Consultant – Research Officer

A graduate of the Master’s degree “Concertation and Territories in Transition” at Sciences Po Rennes, Emilie will join the SML team in 2019 for her end-of-study internship. Her academic background in social sciences and her professional experience, in France and abroad, allow her to bring a multidisciplinary and transversal view to the subjects she investigates. Dynamic, frank and organised, Emilie contributes to SML’s work in France and in Europe, on a wide range of topics, and also takes care of our visibility on the networks.

Founder – Mentor

After having devoted himself fully to the creation and development of Stratégies Mer et Littoral since 2010, and then having assembled a team capable of taking over the torch, Christophe has -officially- retired in 2019. However, his experience, skills and philosophy continue to permeate the company’s work, sometimes very directly.

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