PRESS RELEASE, REUNION ISLAND PREFECTURE : Public consultation on the strategy for the sea and coastline of the southern Indian Ocean maritime basin.

Everyone living in the southern Indian ocean maritime basin is impacted by issues such as the marine environment, fishing, aquaculture, scientific knowledge of oceanography, tourism, nautical and port-related activities, as well as coastal management and risks. The southern Indian Ocean maritime basin strategic document (DSBM) analyses the relationship between local inhabitants, the sea, and coastal areas, and proposes specific actions that can affect our daily lives and those of future generations.

The Prefects of Mayotte, Reunion Island, and the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) encourage everyone to take part in a public consultation to give their opinion about this document and the maritime issues relevant to our region.

Who can take part in the consultation?

Whether you’re a marine professional, recreational boater, excursionist, diver, or simply someone who loves the sea you can voice your opinion in the online questionnaire.

It consists of 28 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

How can I participate?

The survey (in French) is open from 4 August 2020 until 5 October 2020 on the website of the Southern Indian Ocean Sea Directorate (DMSOI).

What will be the outcome?

All comments will be reviewed, and the review made public.

A summary will be drafted and presented in October 2020, prior to validation of the final draft by the Regional Overseas Maritime Council (CMUB). This validation is expected to take place in November 2020.

What is the maritime basin strategic document?

Based on an initial assessment validated in November 2018, in late 2019 the Regional Overseas Maritime Council drew up a maritime basin strategic document (DSBM), which specifies the local conditions for implementing France’s Strategy for the Sea and Coastline, a national framework adopted in 2017.

From the perspective of sustainable development for the sea and coastline, this strategy aims to ensure the good ecological status for the environment, working to better promote the economic potential of the maritime sector, and contributing to the well-being of local communities.

Goals and frameworks for action have been defined for each of the 13 major themes identified. Applying and implementing them will be the subject of further work by the CMUB, in a concerted approach between all stakeholders, both public (Government, local authorities, research institutes) and private (professional organisations, unions, associations, etc.).

Press release: Public consultation on the strategy for the sea and coastline of the southern Indian Ocean maritime basin (in French).