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Nature´s Arc

An inter-ministerial steering committee is given responsibility for the establishment of the Seed Vault. The project is managed by the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

The Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, of Environment and of Agriculture and Food, have joined forces to provide NOK 45 million to construct the seed vault.

The Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property is responsible for the construction and technical maintenance of the Vault. The Nordic Gene Bank has the administrative responsibility for the management and operations of the Vault.

The Global Crop Diversity Trust is a major partner involved in all aspects of the project. It is funding the operations of the Seed Vault and organizing and funding shipment of seeds from developing countries to Svalbard.

An international council will monitor the activities of the Seed Vault to ensure user

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