Improvements of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
May 23, 2017

This press release is cross-posted from croptrust.org 

May 21, 2017. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the world’s backup for crop collections. It currently safeguards more than 930,000 different varieties. It has been reported that the Seed Vault has seen water intrusion due to melting permofrost. The Royal Ministry of Agriculture and Food in Norway, the Crop Trust, and NordGen would like to assure seed depositors and the public that the seeds are completely safe and no damage has been done to the facility. The Royal Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Statsbygg, Norway, is taking appropriate measures to ensure the protection of the Seed Vault and improve the construction to prevent future incidents. Globally, the Seed Vault is, and will continue to be, the safest backup of crop diversity.

Signed
PÅL VIDAR SOLLIE, DIRECTOR GENERAL, THE ROYAL MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD, NORWAY

MARIE HAGA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE CROP TRUST

LISE LYKKE STEFFENSEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NORDGEN

HEGE NJAA ASCHIM, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, STATSBYGG, NORWAYmp

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