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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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