Coping with crises such as climate change and Covid19 is at heart of a new virtual islands summit which Millport people can participate in.

This week, Scotland’s island communities will have the chance to link up with islanders from around the world, learn of new innovations and talk about the burning issues and ideas important to the islands.

Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP and Francesco Sindico of Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance are amongst the speakers.

Taking place over 7-13th September, the Virtual Island Summit is free and open to everyone and you can book your place here

Islands often face similar challenges to one another but are forced to tackle them separately due to barriers created by distance, language, and culture.

The summit has been developed by Island Innovation and its founder James Ellsmoor - an alumni of the University of Highlands and Islands.

He said: "In the face of emerging worldwide crises such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, the spirit of international problem-solving fostered by the Virtual Island Summit is more critical than ever.”