The Firth of Clyde Forum is a not-for-profit organisation and as such we are constantly looking for funding to support our activities. Please contact the Project Manager if you can support us. If you are interested in organisation or individual membership click here to sign up. Membership is free.
Welcome to the Firth of Clyde Forum web site. The Forum is a voluntary partnership of local authorities, organisations, businesses and communities committed to working towards integrated, sustainable management of the Clyde's environmental, economic and community resources.
We implement Marine Planning / Integrated Coastal Zone Management initiatives and engage with local communities and other coastal and marine groups, facilitating discussions between parties on key coastal and marine issues. We produce newsletters, organise conferences and are involved in and promote various information and public events around the Firth of Clyde. The Forum Core Group of key stakeholders meets on a quarterly basis and is currently responsible for the implementation of the Firth of Clyde Marine Spatial Plan.
Hot Topics and Breaking News
Fisheries: Calls for Evidence
Climate Challenge Fund - Additional £10.3 million
Grants up to £150,000 per year per project and streamlined decisions for applications under £30k. The next draft application deadline is 6 Jan 2014. Applications are invited now, visit www.climatechallengefund.org .
Public Sector Climate Change Portal Launched
The portal is designed to add value to the work of public sector organisation and initiatives supported by the Scottish Government, to help public sector action on climate change in line with the Public Bodies Duties in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act. Visit Public Sector Climate Change Portal
Change of Dates for West HIghland Week
Scotland's largest yachting event, West Highland Yachting Week (WHYW) will next year take place from July 12 to July 18 2014, two weeks earlier than usual. This is to avoid a clash with the Commonwealth Games being hosted in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3 2014.More information www.whyw.co.uk
Red Tape Challenge - Marine Proposals
The proposals emerging from the Marine element of the Water and Marine Theme of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge were announced recently and can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/red-tape-challenge-water-and-marine-theme-marine-proposals. The Marine element covers 196 regulations and we are proposing to scrap or improve 63%: 62 will be improved, mainly through simplification, consolidation and improving implementation on the ground and 63 regulations will be scrapped. The remaining 71 will be kept to maintain important environmental and public protections.
Agreement reached over future of Marine Biological Station
The University of London announced recently that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Field Studies Council (FSC) to secure a sustainable future for its Marine Biological Station (UMBSM) on the Scottish Island of Cumbrae, Firth of Clyde. The agreement will see ownership of the physical assets of the Station, including land, buildings and other facilities being transferred to the FSC on 1st January 2014.