The $5m Svalbard International Seed Vault, to be excavated out of the side of a mountain in the arctic circle and built by the Norweigian government will be our last hope of restoring food crops in the event of a global catastrophe. (artwork from Global Crop Diversity Trust)
Construction begins in March, and the seed bank is scheduled to open in 2008.
The Norwegian government is paying the $5m (£2.5m) construction costs of the vault, which will have enough space to house three million seed samples. (Source: BBC News)