Svalbard footage, Svalbard Globale Seed Vault footage (Interior and exterior). Interview with Sylvi Listhaug, Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food, in charge of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and Athanasios Tsivelikas, head of ICARDA in Morocco.
Title: News story
Description: Svalbard footage, Svalbard Globale Seed Vault footage (Interior and exterior). Interview with Sylvi Listhaug, Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food, in charge of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and Athanasios Tsivelikas, head of ICARDA in Morocco.
Listhaug: -The fact that we have a backup storage, a bank box safeguarding seeds from all over the world, is important. In case of natural disasters, war or other unforeseen events, countries can receive a return shipment of seeds from the Svalbard Global Seed vault and cultivate food anew.
Listhaug 2: -My ministry has recently been asked to make the necessary preparations for the return of seeds that have been deposited here. This is the first time it's happening. The international gene bank ICARDA, which is located in Syria, wishes now to retrieve a substantial part of their deposited seeds from Svalbard.
-Since the very early beginning, ICARDA had realized the importance of the establishment of the Global Seed Vault. For that reason, ICARDA incorporated into its policy the shipment of all of its accessions to Svalbard, to the Global Seed Vault, in order to be safely duplicated for the future demands. At that time, nobody could imagine the implications of potential war. Now, ICARDA needs to multiply the seeds. Even though ICARDA is still active in Aleppo, in order to respond to all the seed requests, we can not multiply the seeds in Syria. That's why we need to come and retrieve the seeds from our safety duplication here in Svalbard. Because it's the most fresh and the most complete safe duplication set that we have deposited. So Svalbard is going to send us the seeds to two destinations where we now have our gene bank – Morocco and Lebanon – in order to reconstruct our active collection and to multiply the seeds.
Listhaug 3: -This proves that the Seed Vault has an important function in securing the diversity of crops that we all rely on.
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