[Proposal] Walkers Reserve Currency

Grant Proposal

Part 1 - Proposal Submission

Name of Project: Walkers Reserve Currency

Proposal in one sentence: High quality environmental datasets from leading institutions in Barbados on climate change issues to price carbon offsetting tokens.

Which category best describes your project?

Unleash data

Which Fundamental Metric best describes your project?

Data Consume Volume

Description of the project and what problem is it solving:

The issue of climate change and the importance of tackling it immediately is widely publicised by the news and organizations such as Extinction Rebellion. People want to and will pay money to protect wildlife such as Bengal Tigers, Turtles or Sea Lions. This is the battle of my generation to avert global warming above 1.5C and runaway climate change resulting in the burning of the Amazon, melting of ice caps and rises in sea levels flooding major cities. Crypto for the first time allows people to price the value of the natural world they live in - a property which legacy economic systems have failed to address.

Walkers Reserve has been in the hands of a family over generations which has taken responsibility for integrating and developing an ecosystem with the local community in Barbados. This involves working with the local government on critical issues such as preservation of key species such as Hawksbill turtles and environments such as mangroves and corals. As the planet moves towards a net zero carbon economy more companies and individuals are looking to offset their carbon emissions - not least major bitcoin investors such as Skybridge - who recently spent millions offsetting the emissions from the Bitcoin holdings. We would like to develop a token which would accurately price the value of the natural resources on the land which includes endangered species such as Hawksbill turtles, protected habitats such as mangrove forest and land available for reforestation. This and many conservation projects and charities all over the world raise money from charitable individuals as well as companies looking to carbon offset and governments through marketing tactics. We want to use this data to create a model to accurately price these assets using the latest techniques in data science and tokenization provided by the OCEAN platform in order to give this and other organisations a way to price these assets and a token to sell to these stakeholders.

Grant Deliverables:

[X] Professional and Scientific datasets collected over a multi year time frame from Walkers Reserve and other Environmental projects on Carbon Dioxide levels, turtle migration levels and wildlife surveys. These will be sourced from long standing conservation institutions in Barbados and the surrounding areas. These will be made available at high prices on the ocean marketplace.

[X] Blog posts highlighting the environmental issues around specific datasets such as the Hawksbill Turtle population or local species of bird life. This will be used to raise funds from individuals with novel payment methods using OCEAN and contribute to outreach by including the sponsorship of the organisation.

[X] A model will be created which will take the raw data and impose a pricing model based on scarcity of these resources and current costs to the planet along the lines of a carbon credit pricing scheme and marketed to developers of green crypto products which can be provided to green crypto companies seeking this data.

What is the final product?:

The development process requires creating a data model initially from the sources of data - most likely in Python to deal with large data sets with data science packages such as NumPy and SciPy. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies emit CO2 so we would like to include these emissions into the calculation. Endangered wildlife has a scarcity level which has been so successful in pricing Bitcoin and we would like to place some increasing value to species and they become more at risk according to authoritative data collecting NGO charities. Reforestation is a typical way carbon offsetting companies offset C02 therefore a calculation around how much certain trees absorb from the environment as well as areas of land or ocean. We would seek to calculate a value of the natural assets of Walkers Reserve from the data collected there on Hawksbill turtles, severe weather events, habitat conservation and as a prototype for other charities produce some valuable model data which could be priced into a token. These datasets are painstakingly collected from government organisations at the cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Access to these valuable and siloed datasets would be a key aim in the project to list on the OCEAN marketplace giving access to stakeholders who fund data collection for these projects.

Social media marketing and campaigning is essential to fundraise for any charity. This would involve writing blogs on specific issues such as the Hawksbill turtle population, legacy climate change, etc around specific core data sets we receive. These would also be published as data tokens on the OCEAN platform and people encouraged to stake on these data sets. We will be approaching numerous established charities whose business is collecting these accurate data sets on wildlife and conservation projects. We would seek collaboration and outreach in order to promote the project and raise money from fundraisers along the way. We would like to find an optimum way to do fundraising in crypto as there are numerous interesting methods such as the subscription model or facebook ads around issues which have yet to be attempted in crypto using perhaps the OCEAN token as a method of exchange or staking. Walkers reserve is familiar with hosting fundraising events for years as a prime source of revenue generation as well as social media interaction.

We would like to produce a token as a proof of concept which Walkers could use to sell to investors and would act as an example to other charities who want to use their data in order to generate a crypto which could assist them in fundraising. This would be developed with Remix, Solidity and could be deployed as an ERC20 token consuming the model data with Truffle. This would then be given to Walkers Reserve and perhaps along with a website to market the token and a method of exchange allow this priced token a way of being exchanged to fund actual projects on the site. Crypto also has features of DAO governance which could be incorporated into the allocation of these funds towards specific projects such as severe weather events or bee populations for pollination. These developments on the reserve could then be sent back to stakeholders in the form of a newsletter updating them on the allocation of funding and how the results went. This model could then be rolled out to other environmental charities who monitor endangered species wildlife populations and protect habitats such as coral beds from man made destruction.

How does this project drive value to the “fundamental metric” and the overall Ocean ecosystem?

Expected ROI

We seek to develop data sets and models which will allow the proper pricing of nature into the economic system.

Bang

Aiming at charitable individuals supporting environmental issues through blog posts and online marketing. They would be able to buy ocean or stake ocean for a charitable cause. They will be encouraged to stake on OCEAN pools to promote a certain cause increasing the total value assets staked on the platform. The average charitable donation in the US is $365. Let’s assume we can raise 20 donations which are staked in OCEAN from each article. This would make the validity of the dataset more entrenched and allow further fundraising campaigns to be leveraged for other programs such as the Barbados Turtle Project and St Vincent Bird Survey. People generally want to support the protection of endangered species and using new crypto infrastructure, such as OCEAN, this gives new and novel ways to encourage them to subscribe and support in numbers even greater than before. Educating the population in crypto and also developing new payment mechanisms are a critical part in making this project work.

Carbon offsetting companies for flights and houses with an estimated market of $191M in sales last year. We are seeking to provide data to this market therefore this is a conservative estimate of the total addressable market. We are also targeting other environmental issues such as wildlife conservation and habitat protection as well. This data would be to create a model for these companies. We want to make the carbon offsetting data model available as a datatoken to green crypto projects and charities. Let’s say we manage to get 20 applications on board to use the data. Pricing the data at 1000 OCEAN per month where the DAO receives 0.2% of that volume that would be 4000 OCEAN. There are existing projects which price carbon into existing ETH projects as well as green cryptos who want data in order to produce their own models which price things like carbon offsetting in terms of reforestation, natural habitat preservation, CO2 sequestration and protecting endangered species.

We also want to make institutional datasets available publicly. This means approaching institutions in the Barbados area with extensive data on conservation and making these data sets available to other institutions such as governments. These will be priced higher due to the cost of the compilation. These dataset can be made available through the ocean platform. These datasets will be made available at a high cost on the platform of around $1K due to the high cost of producing these surveys. The cost of a recent wildlife survey of St Vincent and the Grenadines was $20K therefore making this data available at a cost of $5K to the relevant government agencies would allow this organisation some claw back of the money and also stakeholders willing to stake to maintain the data in an open and transparent way. This is the only way that climate sceptics can be addressed. Large scale investors and funds can be targeted to fund the project who already receives grants from philanthropy to charitable causes. We would have several sets of scientifically valuable data collected from surveys with a higher price tag available to government organisations. It is a long standing benefit to society in making governmentally siloed datasets available open source to allow developers to use the data to produce useful tools. Hackathons are a great example of how making data publicly available and applying it to the benefits of a social good can result in some really viral and beneficial projects.

Buck

Green crypto is a lucrative niche in the cryptocurrency market which is seeing significant funding from investors. We are seeking this startup capital to take a long running and successful environmental reserve in Barbados into the crypto world. This is a long term project where carbon credit schemes have been found to be ineffective. Small charities are looking for ways to monetize. Data is being collected here by organisations which are world class and Barbados has been called the epi-centre in the fight against climate change having data of serious natural weather events such as hurricanes, marine life such as coral and engaged wildlife and precious flora and fauna. This model data can be made available to these organisations who want the most authoritative datasets on climate change. They have the resources to pay for high data usage costs and they are familiar with the cryptocurrency ecosystem enough to be able to understand the value in staking. These data sets are already in existence and have been collected by government and charitable agencies which we are in partnership with. Making them available on the OCEAN marketplace would drive traffic to the site increasing the network volume and also the price of OCEAN.

Chance of Success

The team is experienced, international and well connected to government and NGO’s and has been operating over multiple generations to protect the environment in Barbados. We are seeking to leverage a new and breakthrough technology in order to break data out from research institutions in order to stimulate a whole new ecosystem of green crypto projects. Walkers Reserve has been a key reserve on the island of Barbados for generations and has taken its responsibility to the preservation of wildlife in the area as a core mission. The project developer has a wealth of experience in science and technology, possessing a PhD where numerous papers were published as well as a patent being granted. He also has experience delivering numerous open-source and professional software projects such as ROpenSci which focused on delivering packages for the R programming language for data modelling. The other members of the organisation range to about 5 or 6 individuals, all highly experienced individuals in the charity and NGO sector who have successfully delivered regeneration projects, animal welfare projects and fundraising campaigns. This is a multi disciplinary team with a proven track record of delivering conservation projects.

70%

Bang = charitable donations staked in $OCEAN = 365*20

  • Data token consumption by carbon credit model = 100 * 100
  • Data Token purchase by governmental organisations = 2000 * 10

ROI = 37300 / 17500 * 0.7 = 1.492

Funding Requested: $17,500

Proposal Wallet Address: 0xEeEA24010c64c83BA9ac9d1dC4048CB46395B726

Have you previously received an OceanDAO Grant? N

Team Website: https://wirred.org

Project Lead Contact Email: saulwiggin@googlemail.com

Country of Residence: Barbados

Part 2 - Team

Saul Wiggin

Shae Warren

  • Role: Project Manager
  • Relevant Credentials (e.g.):
    • Lead at Barbados turtle preservation agency
    • Manager of reforestation at walkers reserve.
  • Background/Experience:
    • Experience in delivering projects on IR scanning of turtles to monitor mating habits for the national government of Barbados and other charities across the Caribbean by drone.

Ian Walker

  • Role: Reserve Owner
  • Relevant Credentials (e.g.):
    • Corporate work developing industrial application and environmental dye making in India.
    • 10 years experience in private equity and finance
    • Owner of Walkers Reserve - The largest environmental reserve in Barbados.
  • Background/Experience:
    • Mangrove preservation
    • Hawksbill Turtle monitoring program.

Part 3 - Proposal Details

Project Deliverables - Category: Data will be made available on Ocean Market

The technology stack to create the token will be written with solidity and deployed with open zeppelin template libraries to the Harmony or Ethereum blockchain. The data will be analysed using python numerical and scientific libraries such as NumPy and SciPy. The best way to consume this data in the smart contract from the data token will be analysed perhaps using Ocean.js or Ocean.py. I have some experience writing medium tutorials for learning IT resources such as React.js and Angular.js and something similar could be done in consuming the ocean datatoken.

Walkers Reserve has delivered numerous successful social media campaigns for various conservation issues for example the recent slow food Barbados campaign which had excellent facebook and social responses as well as physical events to prompt fundraising activities. These specific issues can have accompanied medium articles as well as some social media presence in attracting funding for the project and also brand awareness and staking potential for OCEAN.

Beyond the completion of this project it would be possible I would hope to apply these techniques to other charities which are prevalent around the Caribbean. There is also a typical expectation in terms of freelance IT to provide maintenance for the completed task which can be done for Walkers Reserve. I am interested in the crypto space and would like to continue to develop my knowledge and work with new developments in the space for example cross collaboration with other new projects such as Moonbeam.

Project Deliverables - Roadmap

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Hello from ResilientML -

Thank you for your thought provoking grant proposal. I think the premise of the proposal was very interesting and if successful would bring both great benefits to Oceans ESG / CSR credentials as a platform but also make meaningful inroads to key problems in society.

After reading the proposal I had a few questions to reach out in regard to your proposal.

Q1 The context of Walkers Reserve - sounds very valuable to society and conservation efforts - there is no doubt this is meaningful to society. My questions are pertaining direclty to the concept of how CO2 data collection in Barbados would influence the operations or success of this wildlife reserve? (please excuse my ignorance on the science and conservation in this regard - would be interested to hear more on this).

Q2 Offsetting carbon through a credits or certificates mechanism is important. One of the challenges that have been faced in this space of Emission trading credits in EU and Green Bonds through GCI and other centralized initiatives is that they are often inefficient/ineffective and face significant challenges of greenwashing. How does the proposed tokenization of carbon emission in a blockchain avoid the challenges faced in legacy finance from these aspects?

Q3 Pricing carbon has been very difficult - I have spent 5 years on this problem myself in the finance domain and I still don’t feel confident on the valuation and pricing methodology - it is what is termed an incomplete market in financial mathematics - i.e. the value will never be obtained from a reduction of arbitrage or risk-neutral framework - as such one must then develop alternative pricing frameworks such as Utility-based pricing/ state-price deflator models or others… market dynamics alone will not suffice in general.

Q4 Many large polluting countries publish 15min data at 1km resolution records for the last 100 years on CO2 data for free - see example - that are packaged with R, Python SDK and API access to the public under free licenses - see eg https://daac.ornl.gov/NACP/guides/Vulcan_V3_Annual_Emissions.html
– How does your data proposition and market sit relative to these and what do you see as different from these types of existing sets - specifically when it comes to CO2 data.

Overall, a very interesting proposal and we look forward to your thoughts.

best wishes
ResilientML

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Interesting proposal and I will keep an eye on this. Thank you for joining this DAO round.

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Hi ResilientML,

Thank you for the positive feedback regarding the proposal above. I’d be happy to go through and answer some of the questions you have submitted:

  1. How would the collection of C02 data in Barbados influence the success of the wildlife preservation?

Walker Reserve does not collect data on C02 emissions specifically. It has a program of reforestation which acts to offset C02 emissions. There is a wealth of data publicly available on C02 emissions which is an input to the models and which is a variable companies look at when investing in reforestation. There are also numerous studies on the C02 sequestration of C02 from marine areas as well as additional benefits from protecting local wildlife for which there is data on. Walkers reserve collects intricate, detailed and long time line data on critical natural assets such as it’s mangrove forests, hawksbill turtle populations and monitoring of severe weather events. It does not monitor C02 levels specifically but these are important in any calculation or model of the value of these resources in terms of climate change.

  1. How does this proposal compare with the EU emission trading credits scheme or green bonds?

The EU emission trading scheme has largely been deemed a failure due the resultant businesses actually emitting more through the schemes weak punishment structure and an oversupply of trading permissions. This project would seek to leverage the benefits of the cryptocurrency technology in developing a better system based on decentralization and DAO voting governance structures. One could analyze the EU emission trading scheme as being a failure of government regulation of big business due the close and corrupt partnership between the two much like we see in the legacy financial system today. Using a mathematical and technological solution which is provided by the blockchain a fair and effective system of control could be developed for offset carbon and control emissions devastating the environment.

  1. How will carbon be priced in the model?

Carbon pricing requires a pragmatic, consumer focused solution rather than a large macro analysis of the entire market. We propose working with an on the ground charity who apply for funding to protect the wildlife and environments from government funding and consumers. carbon offsetting companies operate on the assumptions of a tree producing X amount of C02 in it’s lifetime and then planting that many trees to offset carbon emissions. This is then sold to green companies providing consumers access to green mortgages, flights and heating there houses. We would include data gathered on the cost of severe weather effects on the local population, loss of vital and protected flora and fauna on specific vital markets and estimated value people are willing to spend to protect an endangered species.

  1. How does the proposal compare with Vulcan emissions data set?

We are publishing conservation data on wildlife numbers, adverse weather conditions and sets on protected natural environments such as Mangrove forests not CO2 data and we will be selling the data in order to protect those natural legacy systems. A model will be produced pricing these natural assets using existing methods such as carbon offsetting, public fundraising and government grants. This solution would augment existing fund raising of this charity and also provide a new avenue of fundraising for independent charities all over the world. Charities such as Walkers Reserve spend alot of money collecting data on the wildlife and habitats and therefore would want to host the data on the OCEAN marketplace to claw back some of the revenue and also make it available for government organizations in an open source way. Green crypto’s based on carbon offsetting also want useful raw data with which is price these carbon offsetting models and are currently received high amounts of investment and they would want public access to the best available data on environmental projects. Extension to other charities globally beyond Walkers Reserve is a desired goal where they would take there data and be able to host it on the OCEAN marketplace publicly for stakeholders. The production of a token from this data is also something these charities could sell to there fundraising networks. Carbon and the natural environment in general is not being priced fairly therefore we want to produce a fair model which allows charities to raise money based on a model calculation of the value of those resources due to scarcity and perceived value from the consumer especially in light of greater threats from climate change.

Thank you for your insightful questions.

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Dear Walkers team

Fascinating project and thank you for taking the time to go through my questions and address them. Whilst I dont necessarily agree with some components you mentioned regarding how to do the economic pricing, this pragmatic and practical solution is certainly very intersting. The responses were very reasonable and I would definlitely like to see this project evolve. Great to read your proposal - thanks and good luck.

best
ResilientML

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Thanks you for elaborating on the aspects in detail. Green light from my side, I am impressed.

@saulwiggin ATTN ASAP: please send 500 OCEAN to your Ethereum proposal wallet address before the round 9 proposal deadline.


see Criterion (3). Minimum Proposal Requirement.

Hi, I can’t see the grant proposal on the dashboard awarded for the next round. Is there a reason the application was not accepted?

Hi. I have just noticed I put my personal wallet address on the application. The funds were provisioned in a multi sig wallet allowing access to all stakeholders at Walkers Reserve. The address is 0x131d3B5AE801876385267cBaba418b5D790cC6BF

Your project is very well thought-out but I do believe there is the risk of spiralling into a conservation micro-management or ‘small world’ mindset.
I think the core idea of value here is facilitating through data thr creation of price signals for natural resources, in this case animals but likewise for areas of water, forests, wetland etc. Can you see your work being abstracted out, able to be applied to accurate pricing for any protected environment with sufficient data?
Cheers

Hi,
This is an excellent question. The core environmental crypto business sector is getting some serious investment and they are looking for accurate data to model the global environment. These small conservation projects usually protect a specific species of animal or type of habitat. We would take that data, which is carefully collected by the small organization at a high cost, and present it in terms which a smart contract developer would be able to integrate it into some pricing model for a cryptocurrency through the OCEAN marketplace. The development of a token based on this data will allow us to better understand what kind of data and what format will be useful for the smart contract developers with an initial focus mostly on carbon offsetting as a proven business model before moving onto pricing more novel natural assets such as protected areas of habitat or endangered species of wildlife in a general abstract form.