Svalbard Global Seed Vault

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Ensuring that the genetic diversity of the world’s food crops is preserved for future generations is an important contribution toward the reduction of hunger and poverty in developing countries. This is where the greatest plant diversity originates and where the need for food security and the further development of agriculture is most urgent.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is established in the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard, is designed to store duplicates of seeds from seed collections around the globe. Many of these collections are in developing countries. If seeds are lost, e.g. as a result of natural disasters, war or simply a lack of resources, the seed collections may be reestablished using seeds from Svalbard.

The loss of biological diversity is currently one of the greatest challenges facing the environment and sustainable development. The diversity of food crops is under constant pressure. The consequence could be an irreversible loss of the opportunity to grow crops adapted to climate change, new plant diseases and the needs of an expanding population. 

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20,000 new seed samples deposited in Svalbard

A new shipment of seeds from food plants has been deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault for long-term storage. The shipment, that was transported to the seed vault in Longyearbyen this week, contains 20,000 seed samples from Japan, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and the USA. (27.02.2014)

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Norwegian contribution to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture's Benefit-Sharing Fund

Norway is paying close to NOK 700,000 to the International Plant Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund. This corresponds to 0.1 per cent of the value of the trade in seed products in agriculture in Norway in 2013, and is an annual contribution from Norwegian agriculture toward the efforts of farmers in developing countries to safeguard plant diversity. (06.02.2014)

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault secures future seed

This year it is five years since the first boxes of seeds from food crops were carried into the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Today, more than 770,000 different seed samples are deposited in the vault for long-term storage. (05.03.2013)

Ms Åslaug Haga  
 

Åslaug Haga –new Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity
Ms Åslaug Haga will be the successor of Cary Fowler as the new Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust. (19.10.2012)

Ola Westengen with the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre checks the seeds upon arrival at the seed vault
 
 

Seeds lining up for Svalbard...
More than 25,000 seed samples from 17 different countries will arrive in Svalbard this week. This latest seed shipment from Brazil, Burundi, Chile, Mali and Mongolia, among other countries, brings the total number of seed types in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to more than three quarters of a million. (10.10.2012) 

International agreement on genetic resources in Svalbard
During the period from 11 to 13 September 2012, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held an international meeting in Longyearbyen, Svalbard to discuss possible future paths for the management of genetic resources for agriculture and food. Norway hosted the meeting, which attracted around 100 participants and translators from all over the world. (17.09.2012)

A new shipment of seeds from food plants has arrived at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. (Foto: Simon Jeppson)
 

New shipment of seeds to Svalbard
A new shipment of seeds from food plants has arrived at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault for long-term storage. (03.05.2012)

Seeds from Colombia.
 

New seeds to the seed vault in Svalbard
This week, a new shipment of seeds from food plants is arriving at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault for long-term storage. The shipment, now being taken into the seed vault in Longyearbyen, includes seed samples from Tajikistan, Armenia, Colombia, Costa Rica and the U.S.A. (28.02.2012)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Photo: Mari Tefre/Svalbard Global Seed Vault  

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: 50 000 seed samples sent to the Vault 
Svalbard Global Seed Vault has received a major seed shipment while world leaders are gathered to tackle climate change in Copenhagen. (14.12.2009)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Photo: Mari Tefre/Svalbard Global Seed Vault  

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Awarded the Norwegian Lighting Prize for 2009
Svalbard Global Seed Vault has been awarded Norwegian Lighting Prize for 2009. The award was established by The Norwegian Lighting Institute, and is presented every second year. The purpose of the Norwegian Lighting Prize is to focus on and emphasize lighting culture in Norway. (04.11.2009) 

Svalbard Global Seed Vault august 2009. Photo: Kirsti Vestnes  

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Norway praised for the seed vault
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Minister of Agriculture and Food Lars Peder Brekk was praised by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that Norway had the idea and the ability to carry out the building of Svalbard Global Seed Vault. (07.09.2009)

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Visit of Ban Ki-moon
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: On Wednesday 2 September, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is visiting Svalbard Global Seed Vault together with Minister of Agriculture and Food Lars Peder Brekk. “Maintenance of the genetic diversity in the world’s food crops for future generations is crucial to fight against hunger and poverty in third world countries,” says Brekk. (07.09.2009)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Photo: Mari Tefre/Svalbard Global Seed Vault  

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Construction of the year 2008
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: The Norwegian construction company Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner, that built Svalbard Global Seed Vault, recently received the prize for best Construction 2008 during "Byggedagene" in Oslo, Norway. (27.03.2009)

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault: How to feed a warming world?
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: This fundamentally important question was addressed by more than 60 participants from governments, universities, industry and NGOs from all over the world, who were gathered at Svalbard for the celebration of the first Anniversary of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. (13.03.2009)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Minister of Agriculture and Food Lars Peder Brekk and Dr. M. S. Swaminathan.  

Acknowledged by the godfather of the green revolution
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: - As years go by farmers everywhere will bless the visionaries of Svalbard for their invaluable contributions to food for all and for ever, says Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, named as one of the 20 Most Influential Asians of the 20th Century by TIME Magazine. (05.03.2009)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Lars Peder Brekk and Cary Fowler. Foto: Mari Tefre

 

Svalbard Global Seed Vault first year a success
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: 25 national and international institutions have deposited more than 400 000 unique seed samples for long-term back up security storage in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. - The Svalbard Seed Vault has proven to be great success in its first operative year, says Norway’ minister of Agriculture and Food, Lars Peder Brekk. (02.03.2009)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: A global insurance policy
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Lars Peder Brekk, the Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food held the opening speech at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault First Anniversary Seminar in Longyearbyen today. He emphasized that climate change will affect agriculture, and how the world can use plant genetic resources to be prepared. (26.02.2009)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: The enbry. Photo: Mari Tefre/Svalbard Global Seed Vault  

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: First anniversary
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: On 26 February it is one year since the Svalbard Global Seed Vault was completed. This was the run-up to one of the world's most ambitious projects to secure the food supply in the future. The day will be celebrated through an international seminar in Longyearbyen hosted by Minister of Agriculture and Food Lars Peder Brekk. (25.02.2009)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: The Tunell. Photo: LMD  

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Repairs completed
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: The outermost 5-6 metres of the access tunnel at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault was exposed to settling during the summer, which led to undesired deformation of the access tunnel. The plant now appears as it did before the incident. The temporary scaffolding that was erected as a temporary repair measure has been removed, as it is no longer required. (09.12.2008)

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Sixth best invention of 2007
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Just beaten by the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and ahead of a new generation of hybrid engines from Chevrolet, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault sneaks onto the list of the world's best inventions in 2007 - selected by Time Magazine. Minister of Agriculture and Food Lars Peder Brekk is very proud. (31.10.2008)

Svalbard Globale Sees Vault: Seed. Photo: Mikkel Østergård, Samfoto  

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: New seeds in the vault
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Early in October the content of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault grew by more than 30,000 new seed samples.  The largest deposit this time was a shipment of 1.6 tons of seed samples from the gene bank of the international agricultural research institute ICRISAT in India. In addition, seeds were deposited from gene banks in Benin, Kenya and South Korea. (16.10.2008)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Supplementary work has started
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: "When spring arrived in Svalbard, it was apparent that the permafrost had not had time, between the completion of the construction of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and the end of winter, to re-freeze the loose soil and rock that had been replaced around the entrance to the Seed Vault. The result was that the tubing lining the first five to six meters of the tunnel, closest to the entrance door, was damaged. (26.08.2008)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Secretary General Per Harald Grue and President Jimmy Carter.  

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Visitors from The U.S.A.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: The Ministry of Agriculture and Food will today play host to a number of American politicians, climate experts and representatives from the business community. The group includes former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Senator Tom Daschle, CNN boss Ted Turner and Google founder Larry Page. (11.07.2008)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Huge interest
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: There is huge interest in visiting the global seed vault on Svalbard. Jimmy Carter, George Soros and Ted Turner are amongst those who will visit the vault this summer. There are heavy restrictions on access to the vault. (20.06.2008)

From safety in permafrost to optimal conditions
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: During their last visit to the Seed Vault staff from the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen) moved the Nordic countries’ safety seed collection from a mine to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. (20.05.2008)

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Summary of the Svalbard Conference
The Conference “Svalbard Global Seed Vault - Saving Seeds for Eternity?”  included as speakers representatives from a range of organizations and areas of expertise that contributed to the development of the Seed Vault. Read more in the summary of the conference.  (27.03.2008)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Genetic resources in storage
Svalbard Global Seedvault: There is broad agreement amongst experts that access to variety and genetic diversity in plants is essential in a future of great climatic challenges. Diversity is perhaps the most valuable natural resource we are in possession of, says Terje Riis-Johansen The Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food in a new feature article. (26.03.2008)

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Seed Vault Advisory Council Holds first meeting in Svalbard
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Looking toward the future, the newly appointed International Advisory Council held its first meeting within hours of the official opening of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. (28.02.2008)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Has begun its operation
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Within hours of the conclusion of  the official opening ceremony of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the Vault was already in business. (28.02.2008)

Liefdefjorden Monaccobreen Svalbard. Photo: Asgeir Helgestad, Samfoto  

Arctic Seed Vault Opens Doors for 100 Million Seeds
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: At the opening ceremony today, the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, unlocked the vault, and together with the African Nobel Peace Prize-winning environmentalist Wangari Maathai he placed the first seeds in the vault. (26.02.2008)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Seed. Foto: Curt Carnemark, Samfoto  

Norway contributes to plant breeding in developing countries
From 2009 Norway is going to give an annual contribution to the International Treaty’s benefit-sharing fund for financing plant breeding in developing countries and challenge other OECD-members to contribute likewise. If all the challenged countries accept, the fund can get some 200 million dollars during a ten year period. (25.02.2008)

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: The seeds are on their way
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: The Svalbard Global Seed Vault will open on 26 February. The facility will house seed samples of food plants from absolutely the entire world. And the seeds are on their way, from Colombia, Mexico, Canada, the Philippines, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan, Kenya and many other countries. (08.02.2008)

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault: The art is in place
Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Dyveke Sanne’s spectacular artwork is now in place at the entrance to Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The art will identify the building from a distance, in both daylight and darkness. (29.01.2008)

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