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5 years of spitsbergen-svalbard.com-news

The ope­ning of the seed vault near Lon­gye­ar­by­en was the occa­si­on when this Spits­ber­gen news site was star­ted, which is accord­in­gly also cele­bra­ting its 5th anni­ver­s­a­ry the­se days. Three cheers!

This here is ent­ry num­ber 245. The fre­quen­cy of ent­ries, near 1 per week in average, has cer­tain­ly incre­a­sed in more revent times. Sin­ce num­ber 1, the over­all appearan­ce of this web­site has chan­ged com­ple­te­ly. Its Eng­lish sec­tion has also qui­te recent­ly been moved to its own URL, spitsbergen-svalbard.com.

Screen­shot of one of the first ent­ries, Febru­a­ry 2008.

5 years of spitsbergen-svalbard.com-news, Spitsbergen news - February 2008

Seed vault Lon­gye­ar­by­en – ope­ned 5 years ago

On 26 Febru­a­ry 2008, the glo­bal seed vault near Lon­gye­ar­by­en was offi­cial­ly ope­ned. The Nor­we­gi­an minis­ter for agri­cul­tu­re and food will be in Lon­gye­ar­by­en on Tues­day to mark the 5th anni­ver­s­a­ry of the vault. The ope­ning in 2008 attrac­ted world­wi­de media atten­ti­on. Sin­ce then, more than 770,000 seed sam­ples from most coun­tries on the glo­be have been stored in the 3 halls, which are sup­po­sed to accom­mo­da­te at least 1.5 mil­li­on sam­ples in the future. The natu­ral tem­pe­ra­tu­re of the sur­roun­ding per­ma­frost is -3 to -4 degrees cen­tig­ra­de. The tem­pe­ra­tu­re of the seed vault is con­stant­ly kept near -18 degrees.

The ent­ran­ce is not far from the air­port. It is easi­ly seen and acces­si­ble by road. The inte­rior is not acces­si­ble for the gene­ral public.

The vault is lar­ge­ly finan­ced by, amongst others, the Bill and Melin­da Gates Foun­da­ti­on, but also by glo­bal com­pa­nies such as Mon­s­an­to, who are other­wi­se not known as guar­di­ans of bio­di­ver­si­ty.

The ent­ran­ce to the seed vault near Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

See vault near Longyearbyen

Source: Nor­we­gi­sches Minis­te­ri­um für Land­wirt­schaft und Ernäh­rung

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