If for a long time, the sea did not exist for land-based stakeholders, the maritime and coastal space is today, in all its dimensions, the support of numerous economic and leisure activities which interact, cohabit, and (often) enter into competition or even conflict. Awareness of the central role of the sea is leading a growing number of coastal communities and authorities to want to integrate this space into their projects. However, in the sea, some solutions are often others’ problems, and the environment is the victim of our choices. The development of maritime and coastal governance is the key to sustainable management of the marine and coastal environment.

The presence of regulatory frameworks at several levels (local, regional, national and European) is often accompanied by deliberative structures to ensure that sectoral interests are properly taken into account (e.g. the Façade Strategic Document and its Maritime Council). But governance is not limited to the existence of defined structures, it also includes in a more general way the interactions between maritime actors in a given territory.

SML and Maritime and Coastal Governance

SML works to promote integrated maritime and coastal governance, encouraging dialogue between maritime and coastal stakeholders and enabling them to compare their views on a given territory or issue.

We support maritime sectors, research players, public authorities, etc. in defining strategies and action plans that enable them to position themselves and to develop their activity in a complex, multi-player environment. We help maritime actors to better identify their possible role and actions at different levels of governance.

Some examples of our work in this area