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Future of 'life-saving' mountain forecast service secured

Sportscotland commits £150,000 to Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS).

By STV News

Published 15 Sep 2016.

A service which provides weather forecasts for mountaineers in Scotland is set to continue after funding was secured.

A row broke out earlier this week after the Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) claimed it would have to close due to a forecast cut in investment from Scottish Government agency sportscotland.

The agency has invested £150,000 in the service over the past four-year cycle and the two organisations have now agreed sportscotland will provide the same level of funding for a minimum of three years.

Geoff Monk, lead forecaster at MWIS, said: "It is great news that we have reached this agreement and I'm pleased sportscotland is to continue investing in MWIS at the same financial level as in previous years.

"There was a misunderstanding about investment beyond 2016 and now we have a resolution to cover the development phase before a sustainable, long-term service is up and running."

Stewart Harris, sportscotland chief executive, said: "Sportscotland has consistently maintained that we would guarantee the continuation of a high-quality mountain weather forecasting service and that is precisely what has been delivered.

"I'm delighted that we will continue to work in partnership by investing in MWIS for a minimum period of three years throughout the development phase while we plan for a sustainable and enhanced service for the long-term."

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, previously told parliament the service had "undoubtedly saved a number of lives".

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