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A 100 million NOK upgrade of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault suggested

After ten years of operation, technical improvements will now be carried out at  Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The measures are part of a long-term plan to further secure the Seed Vault for the future. The Norwegian government is now proposing a startup grant of 100...

Seed Vault Summit

Seed Vault Summit Policymakers, scientists, seed bank experts and other guests have been invited to Svalbard for the 10 year anniversary, to participate in a Seed Vault Summit. With the theme "Towards rational conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic...

Svalbard Seed Vault 2008–2018 Anniversary

In February 2008, the eyes of the world focused on a frozen mountainside on an archipelago in northern Norway – the site of the Government of Norway’s Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The Vault was built to provide a backup system for storing and safeguarding samples of...

Towards a watertight access tunnel

Due to incidents of water intrusion in periods of heavy rainfall in Svalbard, the Norwegian government is now in the process of preparing for construction improvements of the technical facility. The  current access tunnel will be replaced by a powerful and water...

ICARDA seeds safe back in Lebanon and Morocco

Due to the conflict in Syria, ICARDA in 2015 became the first gene bank to withdraw seeds from their deposit in Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The second portion comprising 54854 seed samples in 161 boxes to be multiplied at ICARDA units in Terbol, Lebanon and Rabat,...

The International Advisory Panel meets in February

The management of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is overseen by an International Advisory Panel. The Panel consists of representatives from depositing gene banks and other stakeholders. Six members have just accepted the appointment and confirmed that they will go to...

New seeds from three gene banks in October

At this years' last Seed Vault opening now in October, seed deposits were made by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT in Colombia, by the International Potato Center, CIP in Peru and by the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre, NordGen. Altogether these...

Svalbard Global Seed Vault – a new video

Way up north, in the permafrost, 1300 kilometers beyond the Arctic Circle, is the world's largest secure seed storage. A new video produced by the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food tells the story about the Vault. Svalbard Global Seed Vault was opened by the...