In Episode 150 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Gregory Landua, Co-founder and CEO of Regen Network, on the regenerative finance industry and the massive potential to change the way we look at money and environmental assets.
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Gregory is co-founder and co-Chief Regeneration Officer of Regen Network.
Regen Network is land ecological commons management platform and the backbone for a new approach to ecosystem service markets based on verified ecological state.
Gregory Landua, co-author of the pioneering book, Regenerative Enterprise, the Levels of Regenerative Agriculture Whitepaper, and the Regen Network Whitepaper. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Terra Genesis International.
Terra Genesis International (TGI) is now lead by a dynamic global team of Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture and Business practitioners and leaders working to support leading companies to transform their negative impact into regenerative effects, and leading cutting edge agro-forestry business planning around the world.
Gregory has studied marine and terrestrial ecology and evolutionary biology in the Galapagos Islands, translated for Amazonian rainforest guides, fought wildfires in the wilderness of Alaska, lived in established ecovillages, founded a successful work-live cooperative, and studied the nuances of ecology and ethics.
Gregory has B.S. in Environmental Science and Ethics from Oregon State University, and a M.Sc in Regenerative Entrepreneurship and Design from Gaia University.
About Regen Network
Regen Network is a full-stack blockchain software development company best known for the deployment of Regen Ledger and the set of tools used for the network.
Regen Network is a community of actors engaging with ecological regeneration, ecological monitoring, verification, distributed computing, and technology development, centered around Regen Ledger. Network members track specific changes in land, oceans, and watersheds.
By improving our understanding of ecosystems and enabling rewards for verified positive changes, the network catalyzes the regeneration of the earth’s ecosystems.
Using distributed ledger technology, satellite remote sensing, and Ecological State Protocols, Regen Network monitors on-the-ground conditions and generates trusted attestations about the ecological state.
Regen Network provides an open platform designed specifically to run diverse applications such as Regenerative Carbon Credits, Supply Chain Transparency, Reforestation Monitoring, and investment vehicles such as Ecological Bonds.
There may be nothing of more critical importance than the regeneration of global ecosystems. Regen Network brings together the tools and communities needed to incentivize actions aligned with planetary health.
Regen Network Ledger
The Regen Ledger is a public, proof of stake (PoS) blockchain developed with the Cosmos Software Development Kit (SDK) built for verification of claims, agreements & data related to ecological state.
Regen Ledger enables multiple registries to communicate and transact with each other producing a public ecological accounting system.
The Cosmos SDK is the most widely used proof-of-stake based blockchain development framework in the world.
It is the go-to development tool kit for creating a sovereign, energy efficient, highly secure blockchain based application.
Regen Network has always had an ethos of contribution and co-creation. They now contract directly with the Interchain Foundation as the lead maintainer of the Cosmos SDK, working side by side with the rest of the cosmos ecosystem.
With the advent of IBC, any Cosmos SDK blockchain connected to the Cosmos Hub they be able to interact with the assets and ecological data on Regen Ledger.
Regen Network x Open Agriculture
Since 2019, Regen Network has been an active member of the OpenTEAM community, a multi-year federally funded initiative for the development of an open source, interoperable, and farmer first approach to agriculture technology.
The many technology projects in OpenTEAM (ranging from FarmOS, to CometFARM, to Cool Farm Tool) meet on a weekly basis to track progress on new integrations, interoperability standards, and other collaborations.
Follow along the OpenTEAM projects that Regen Network is involved in on the OpenTEAM community Gitlab here.
An ecological asset is a natural resource that provides benefits to humans or other organisms. These benefits can be direct, such as food or water, or indirect, such as clean air or flood control.
Ecological assets are often undervalued because they are free or have little monetary value. However, they are essential to our survival and well-being.
Ecological assets can be found in all parts of the world, from the Amazon rainforest to the Antarctic ice sheet.
They include forests, wetlands, coral reefs, and grasslands. Each ecosystem has its own unique mix of plant and animal species that provide a variety of benefits to people and other organisms.
Forests are one of the most important ecological assets on Earth. They provide us with timber, fuel, and paper.
They also help to regulate the global climate by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Forests are home to many plant and animal species, and they play a vital role in the water cycle.
Wetlands are another important type of ecosystem. They provide a home for many plants and animals, including some that are endangered. Wetlands also help to purify water and prevent floods.
Coral reefs are another important ecosystem. They provide a home for many fish and other marine life. Coral reefs also protect coastlines from storms and erosion.
Grasslands are an important ecosystem for many animals, including grazing animals such as cows and sheep. Grasslands also store large amounts of carbon in their soil, which helps to regulate the global climate.
Despite their importance, ecological assets are under threat from human activities. Deforestation, wetland destruction, and pollution are all major threats to these ecosystems.
Climate change is also a major threat, as it can cause droughts, floods, and other extreme weather events that can damage or destroy ecosystems.
It is essential that we protect our ecological assets. We need to reduce our impact on the environment and take action to conserve these vital ecosystems.
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