It’s known as the Doomsday Vault. For a place to be giving such a bad-ass name as the Doomsday Vault it must have weapons of mass destruction or some type of alien technology being held there right? Wrong. It’s actual name is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and it stores just that, seeds. It gets its nickname of the Doomsday Vault due to the fact that seeds are being kept here from all over the world in case of a worldwide disaster.
The vault is literally a bank for seeds. Seed genebanks from all over the world deposit seeds here in case of an emergency. Me, you or any other normal person do not have access to the seeds deposited. Access is only given to those who actually deposited the seed in the first place. Although a world meltdown sounds like something from a movie, the seeds may actually removed for many other reasons such as natural disasters, wars or funding cuts.
The vault itself is located in Norway and the construction of it was also funded by there government. The vault has outside donors who also help with operational cost and other such cost. Bill Gates foundation is actually one of the donors who donate funds to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
Syria was actually the first to remove seeds from the doomsday vault due to problems at there own facility caused by the Syrian War. That was the first instance of seeds needing to be withdrawn from the vault under any circumstance.
At the current moment, the Doomsday Vault is estimated to be holding close to 860,000 samples.
Reading about the vault brings some comfort to many, as its good to hear about ways our society is attempting to safeguard itself against disaster. Often times we hear a ton about the bad things going on and not enough about the good things people are doing. It’s also nice to know that we have seed banks all over the world and that this is the back-ups, back-up. So zombie apocalypse bring it on! Who’s going to fear flesh eating zombies when we have seeds! In a seriousness, check out the video below from CNN that gives you a quick look inside the vault.
You can read more about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault HERE