Leaders of the three island councils and the Secretary of State for Scotland have agreed to work towards a Concordat to take forward the ‘Our Islands Our Future’ initiative.
Discussions covering issues such as the development and management of island resources including renewable energy, oil and gas, fisheries and the Crown Estate, have been underway.
The move was agreed during the latest talks which seek greater powers for island areas.
It was also confirmed that the Scotland Office would host an islands’ desk, a dedicated resource for working with the island groups.
Councils in Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles are in ongoing discussions with both the Scottish and UK governments.
They believe that the constitutional debate offers an opportunity for islands to seek additional powers and improve lives for their communities, irrespective of referendum’s outcome.