The Seychelles magpie-robin is listed as Endangered, with only 460 birds thought to be on the archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Conservationists are looking for innovative ways to raise funding after traditional sources of income dried up during the pandemic. Non-fungible tokens are authenticated on the blockchain, making them reliable and secure, but there have been concerns about the technology’s energy footprint. The Seychelles magpie-robin is up for sale as a digital nature collectible in an innovative campaign to raise funds for conservation efforts to save the endangered bird. The world’s first digital species was launched by Nature Seychelles, supported by its international partners, the International Union for Conservation for Nature and the Porini Foundation. The bird is being offered as a limited-edition non-fungible token (NFT) – a one-of-a-kind piece of digital content linked to an image or video – meaning that only 59 ‘digital twins’ of the endangered species will be released for purchase. “The Seychelles magpie-robin will take us into the uncharted waters of digital tokens for conservation, with a limited edition of the first 59 collectables – representing a ‘digital twin of this endangered living bird,” said Nature Seychelles CEO Dr Nirmal Shah . “As traditional […]

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