Media Advisory - Global Seed Vault Opens to Safeguard Biodiversity of World Crops

    Norwegian facility gets a major deposit from Canada

    OTTAWA, Feb. 25 /CNW/ -

    Who:      Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister, Norway and
              Mr. José Manuel Barroso, President, European Commission

    What:     The official opening of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault designed
              to store duplicates of every important food crop in the world
              including 94 species and hundreds of varieties of Canadian
              wheat, canola, corn, barley, oats, flax, soy beans, grass and
              peas. The vault has a storage capacity of 4.5-million seed
              samples in three enormous caverns built 130 metres below the

    Where:    Svalbard, Norway (Wikipedia: Svalbard is an archipelago lying
              in the Arctic Ocean north of mainland Europe, about midway
              between Norway and the North Pole)

    When:     Tuesday, February 26, 2008
              6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (1200 CET)

    Why:      The vast collection of seeds is intended as a hedge against
              disaster so that food production can be restarted anywhere on
              the planet should it be threatened by a regional or global

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For further information:

For further information: Per Oystein Vatne, First Secretary, Royal
Norwegian Embassy (Ottawa), (w.) (613) 238-6571 or (m.) (613) 866-6571

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