Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the News

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Doomsday Vault Protects World’s Seeds on “60 Minutes”

Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened its doors on February 26, 2008 to the world.
This ‘Doomsday Vault’ is part of an effort to protect the planet’s diminishing biodiversity.
The facility was dug deep into the frozen rock of an Arctic mountain on Spitsbergen, one of 3 Arpichelago Islands in Norway. Any seeds stored here will be secure for centuries, or longer.
As well as protecting against the loss of multicultural diversity, the vault is going to provide the salvation for restarting agricultural production at the regional or global level in the wake of a natural or man-made disaster.
Contingencies for climate change have been worked into the plan. Even in the worst-case scenarios of global warming, the vault rooms will remain naturally frozen for up to 200 years.

From Sky news: Doomsday Seed Vault

The Doomsday Seed Vault, Svalbard, Norway.

From CNN: The Seed Vault in Norway

A seed bank is set up in an underground tunnel under a frozen mountain to safeguard against future catastrophy.

From NBC News : Tour of Doomsday Vault

Norway’s Global Seed Vault will provide a place to store agricultural seeds in hopes of securing crop diversity that is at risk from climate change, disease or man-made disasters.
NBC’s Dawna Friesen takes a tour with Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust. (2008-02-27)

Doomsday Vault Protects Seeds of Life from Associated Press

A doomsday vault built to withstand an earthquake or nuclear strike is ready for operation deep in the permafrost of an Arctic mountain, where it will protect millions of seeds from man-made and natural disasters.

National Geographic: The Doomsday Vault

With human populations growing and food supplies in danger, the Doomsday Seed Vault is born.
Earth Report: State of the Planet 2009: Wed, April 22

The Genebanks

The 11 CGIAR genebanks currently conserve 730,000 of cereals and grain legumes, forage crops, tree species, root and tuber crops, bananas and crop wild relatives.