Maggie Coblentz

Svalbard Global Seed Vault 

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is situated 120 m (390 ft) inside a sandstone mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, the Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole.  The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a long-term storage facility for duplicates of seeds conserved in genebanks around the world. It’s intended as a secure backup facility for the world's crop diversity and food supply to protect the loss of seeds in genebanks in the case of equipment failures, natural disasters, and mismanagement. The vault is managed by an agreement shared between the Norwegian Government, the Crop Trust, and the Nordic Genetic Resource Center (NordGen).

Special thanks to Åsmund Asdal and NordGen for inviting me to the deposit. 

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