The Svalbard International Seed Vault will begin construction in March of '07, and it's supposed to open in '08. The project will cost approximately $5 million dollars to build, and will be so large three million different seed samples will fit snugly inside. The Global Crop Diversity Trust is the organisation apparently spearheading all this, and their executive director said of the project:Link (via Rocketboom). The always diligent science-news source BBC has further details:
"We want a safety net because we do not want to take too many chances with crop biodiversity. Can you imagine an effective, efficient, sustainable response to climate change, water shortages, food security issues without what is going to go in the vault - it is the raw material of agriculture."
"What we're trying to do is build a back-up to these, so that a sample of all the material in these gene banks can be kept in the gene bank in Spitsbergen," [the Trust's Geoff] Hawtin added.Yet that March 2007 build date seems a little optimistic when you consider that construction was slated to begin last June.
The Norwegian government is due to start work on the seed vault next year, when it will drill into a sandstone mountain on Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard archipelago, about 966km (600 miles) from the North Pole.
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