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Introducing Cohort 3.0 of the Community Staking DAO Program

Regen Foundation is excited to announce the next cohort of the Community Staking DAO Program (csDAO). The focus of this cohort is around the theme of “Ecosystem Partnership and Continuous Decentralization.” This is the third cohort of the csDAO program which aims to bring founders-level stake to a network of independent, autonomous organizations dedicated to prototyping regenerative DAO pilots as well as owning and governing Regen Ledger, which serves as the earth’s balance sheet. This sets the groundwork for broader, more inclusive collaboration, uniting various actors and institutions whose contributions are vital to realizing this vision. The essence of this cohort is not just about expanding the network, but also about enhancing the impact and reach of our combined efforts in environmental stewardship. Here’s a brief introduction to their work.

EcoToken, a new addition to our csDAO pool, specializes in cross-chain communication and has developed a platform called ecoLedger specifically designed to move ecocredits across blockchains. Their experience lies in creating water credits, developing water projects, and water treatment, with all their projects so far based in North America. They aim to bring economic sustainability to environmental projects by driving demand towards ecocredits, facilitating funding for these projects to thrive and scale. They foresee a significant demand for water credits leading to clean water in numerous new areas. On the blockchain, they integrate environmental impacts into everyday blockchain activities and target consumer markets on Solana. Their ecoLedger allows for easy retirement of credits on Solana directly on Regen, and connects Regen to Polygon and other chains. EcoToken envisions a future where millions of users can adopt regenerative practices and be rewarded, creating a system that benefits both the environment and the users.

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DAO DAO, is an organization that constructs open-source governance building blocks. They are at the forefront of developing tools that promote efficient coordination and operation among decentralized organizations. DAO DAO foresees a future where most interacting organizations will be DAOs or similar decentralized entities, and they are actively crafting the tools necessary for these organizations’ growth and coordination. Currently, DAO DAO has deployments on Juno, Osmosis, Neutron, Stargaze, Migaloo, and is in the process of deploying to four other blockchains, including the Regen Network. We believe this partnership could facilitate smoother web3 integration for regenerative organizations to test out community level impact verification.

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Introducing Ogallala Life, a nonprofit organization with a dedicated core team and a community of contributors that extends from crypto enthusiasts and entrepreneurs to data scientists, professionals, and students. This diverse group shares a vested interest in the bioregion that spans the high plains aquifer system, specifically the southern part of the central great plains and the southern high plains. Their mission is not only to learn but also to teach and develop innovative tools that encourage and enable communities sustained by the High Plains Aquifer System to rehydrate their landscapes. They see ReFi as more than just tools; they view them as instruments of empowerment and enrichment for their communities. Amid differing views on the relevance of blockchain smart contract “ReFi,” Ogallala Life remains steadfast in its mission to advocate for their bioregion within a ReFi framework, and for ReFi within their bioregion.

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Samantha Power, founder and Principal Consultant of Finance for Gaia, is a dedicated Nature Finance Specialist and Ecological Economist. Samantha is committed to facilitating economic transformations that prioritize the Earth, aiming to shift human interaction with the planet from destructive extraction to regenerative practices. She’s a strong advocate for the protection of biodiverse ecosystems and envisions a biodiversity-rich, nature-positive economy that centers around the most vulnerable. Samantha, who worked with the World Bank for over 5 years and has a broad global network, promotes decentralizing financial governance to better serve life. She’s eager to collaborate with allies in the Regen Network to foster a regenerative economy and empower land and water stewards in their essential work of regeneration.

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Sunflower EcoTech is an international organization focusing on the development of dMRV and Eco Credit methodologies. They primarily work in the northwestern Andean dry forests of Colombia, the Midwestern Tallgrass Prairie & Forests in the USA, and Central Mediterranean Mixed Forests in Sicily. Their primary focus is Regenerative Agroforestry with smallholder farmers, aiming to transform regeneration into an occupation. They work towards streamlining the onboarding process into Regenerative Finance and developing an Adaptive Agroforestry Stewardship eco-credit to empower small-scale projects. As a collaborative network of ReFi founders and on-the-ground regenerators, they focus on solving friction points like onboarding and verification at small scales. They uphold principles such as prioritizing regenerators, embracing collaboration, increasing diversity in every possible way, regenerating both human and earth systems, practicing radical truth and transparency, prioritizing action, and seeking out nuance and context.

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💡Simultaneously, the Regen Foundation team is reassessing our prioritization matrix and processes to date. We welcome any feedback on the process. Please reach out to us at contact@regen.foundation.