The following diagram illustrates the relationship that various participants have with one another, as well as the circular nature of value flowing through the Nemus ecosystem.
For our first example, we take a look at the long-tail impact that a simple NFT purchase can have on the ecosystem.
When a Guardian purchases an NFT, a portion of funds (~60%) goes toward securing land, operational costs, and early investors (<5%), while the remaining portion(~40%) is directed to the treasury. Treasury funds are then released (through the DAO) to protect biodiversity, improve quality of life for local communities and indigenous, and implement sustainable activities on the land. Over time, these activities can generate a return, where a portion is redirected back to the treasury (for further activity) and the remainder is used to reward Guardians in the form of NEA tokens. The NEA tokens will have a wide range of utility in the ecosystem, from purchasing additional NFTs, to exchanging NEA with local communities for goods or services related to the land. As more Guardians rise to the challenge, more land can be secured and sustained and the productivity on the land ensures that everyone benefits, including the land and biodiversity.
As a second example, we take a look at the impact of game mechanics and activity on secondary NFT marketplaces.
Each time a Guardian buys or sells an NFT in a secondary marketplace, a royalty is collected by Nemus. This royalty is split between the artists and developers, as well as the treasury and rewards. As Guardians participate in various game mechanics, exploring their NFTs and completing collections to unlock greater rewards, their digital economic activity drives a steady flow of funds back into the ecosystem to foster physical activity.
For a third and final example, we dissect the role of a sponsor and how they fit into the ecosystem.
A sponsor’s role is to seed a rewards pool with NEA tokens that are then used to reward Guardians who participate in a specific drop. Essentially, by doing so they increase the probability that the drop will be successful, while signaling to the world (and the Guardians) that they genuinely care about the protection of our forests. Once the drop reaches sustainability, the sponsors themselves will be rewarded with a share in the value of carbon sequestration.