Photo Statsbygg/Global Crop Diversity Trust The final architectural design for the Svalbard International Seed Vault that will house seed samples of nearly every country has been unveiled by the Norwegian government.

The seed vault will be built into a mountain near Longearbyen, the largest settlement in the Svalbard archipelago. The vault aims to protect agricultural heritage of humankind from catastrophes, such as nuclear wars, asteroid strikes and global warming.

The Norwegian government is paying $ 5 million for the project which will have enough space for three million seed samples. The collection and the maintenance of the facility will be organized by Global Crop Diversity Trust.