This public consultation ended on 28 September 2018. We are now analyzing the comments we received. When the final plan is adopted we will publish it on our website. We will also publish a summary of the results of this public consultation and how the results were included in the plan.


From the 29th of June until the 28th of September, the FPS Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment will organise a public consultation about the draft maritime spatial plan (MSP) for the Belgian part of the North Sea for the period 2020-2026 and about the environmental impact report.

The Belgian part of the North Sea is one of the most heavily used marine areas in the world. Renewable energy, sand extraction, shipping, fishery, aquaculture, defense, nature conservation, scientific research and so much more are daily activities in an area which only occupies 0.5% of the total area of the North Sea. To harmonize this myriad of activities, clear agreements are needed between the different users of the North Sea.

This is eactly the aim of a maritime spatial plan. Since the world evolves rapidly, a MSP is evaluated and revised every six year. Our first MSP dates back to 2014 and will remain in effect until 2020. Philippe De Backer, Minister of the North Sea, has now drawn up the new draft MSP which will be in effect from 2020 until 2026.

What’s new?

The main novelties in comparison to the previous MSP are:

  • New zones for renewable energy
  • A new nature conservation zone “Vlakte van de Raan”
  • Zones for industrial and commercial activities
  • A coastal defence zone
  • Optimization of existing zones for defence, sand extraction and dredging.

Your opinion counts!

Here you can download a summarized version of the draft MSP (please note that this translation is made out of courtesy and that we are not responsible for any discrepancies between the English version and the original texts in Dutch and French):

For the full texts, including the environmental impact report, please visit this link (Dutch) or this link (French)

To improve the plan, we invite you to share your thoughts on the draft MSP by mail to Please refer to the title or the section of the draft on which you’re commenting.

Your thoughts and remarks should reach us by the 28th of September.

In finalizing the plan, we will try and take all remarks, received during the public consultation, into account. As soon as the plan is adopted, we will publish a statement on this website summarizing how the results of this consultation have been taken into account.

We would like to offer our sincere appreciation for your effort.

Public consultation meeting

 On the 9th of July, at 14h, a public consultation meeting will be held on this subject. This will take place at the building of the FPS Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Square Victor Horta 40/10, 1060 Brussels. Minister Philippe De Backer will be present to elucidate the MSP and to answer questions.

More about the current MSP (2014-2020):