Called BitSeeds, the digital currency will be used to help fund the Rainforest Foundation as it supports the global cause. The organization was founded in 1989 by singer-songwriter Sting and his wife with the goal of preserving natural habitats in the Amazon River region.
BitSeeds will use a mixture of proof-of-work and proof-of-stake, with 100 million coins premined and set aside in a multisignature wallet that will generate quarterly interest. A non-profit organization called the BitSeeds Foundation, which is currently being registered in the state of Nevada, will hold custody of the funds, with the Rainforest Foundation acting as one of the keyholders for that wallet.
New York-based bitcoin payments processor Coin.co is also lending support to the initiative handling BitSeeds transactions, as part of the project will involve seeking out merchants who will adopt the currency.
Rainforest Foundation executive director Suzanne Pelletier told CoinDesk in an interview that work on the project started nearly a year ago after the group was approached by developer Gabriel Aronovich, who is spearheading the project.
“It’s been a journey the past year trying to sort through how that could actually work, and so the idea was to develop a currency that was sustainable and that could help in the protection and planting of trees.”
The goal, she continued, is to plant 1 billion seeds over the lifetime of the coin’s production cycle, corresponding to the 1bn BitSeeds that will be mined or minted.
The organization will also be accepting donations in BitSeed to promote its use.
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