AN important new study into the effects of climate change on local beaches and shorelines is being launched later this week.

Lady Glasgow is behind the venture and urging as many local people as possible to get involved.

The action plan addresses a wide variety of issues such as rising sea levels rise, marine welfare and litter around our shores and the sea off our towns.

The plan also focusses on ways to create sustainable development including sea fisheries; aquatic sport and recreation, tourism; shipping, ports, harbours and ferries - all relevant to Largs Yacht Haven, Kip Marina and Cumbrae Watersports Centre.

The new Clyde Marine Planning Partnership has launched the consultation to harness the views of people and organisations living and working along the Firth of Clyde as it prepares a draft action plan for the river.

The partnership group, chaired by Lady Glasgow, will be consulted upon for planning developments which take place on the Clyde.

This is the first opportunity for the public to read about the plans and comment.

Once the consultation is complete, the scheme will be revised based on feedback and will be shared again during a 12-week statutory consultation.

The final regional marine plan will be adopted by Scottish Ministers and form part of the statutory framework for managing our seas.

Lady Glasgow said "This is an important opportunity for coastal communities, individuals, businesses and other organisations to learn more, ask questions and contribute their feedback on the plan."

“This is a very important milestone in the development of regional marine planning for the Clyde.

"It is testament to the work and commitment of regional stakeholders who have worked together to reach this stage; I hope that as many people and organisations as possible will find the time to have their say.

"We look forward to hearing these wider views and feedback on the draft plan, and taking these into account in the next phase of plan development.”

The consultation continues until 27 May and there will be a range of public events around the region where people can learn more.

For a full list of events visit or contact 0131 314 6782.