Costa Rica - Implement a roadmap to improve organic waste management and reduce methane emissions [CR-23-003]

by CCAC - 14 November, 2023


This project will aim to provide targeted support to the municipalities of Costa Rica, who have a legal responsibility to manage waste on a in its territory. Capacity building support will seek to provide municipalities with technical assistance to include specific and quantifiable targets for the management of organic waste and methane reductions and strengthen skills for the preparation of feasibility studies. Other key stakeholders are IFAM (Institute of Municipal Development and Advisory), and private sector stakeholders involved in organic waste technology for composting and biogas.

This project will support methane mitigation in Costa Rica by implementing actions to improve organic waste management in line with Costa Rica's commitment under the Global Methane Pledge to contribute to a global methane mitigation target of 30% by 2030 (2020 baseline). This project aims to implement CCAC-supported recommendations endorsed by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment and Energy, developed under the project “Accelerating actions to improve organic waste management and reduce methane in Costa Rica” which strengthened the capacity of municipal authorities on organic waste management.

More information on Costa Rica's involvement in the CCAC is available on their Partner Page.

Who to involve

The main stakeholder of the project are the Municipalities, these institutions have the responsibility by law to manage the waste in their communities. Municipalities require both capacity building and technical assistance to include specific and quantifiable targets to manage organic waste and reduce methane emissions. These institutions also need to increase competences to be able to prepare feasibility studies. Other key stakeholders are IFAM, the financial sector and private companies involved in organic waste technology and businesses (composting, biogas).

Expected results

Applicants are encouraged to propose additional outputs as needed to ensure the expected project outcomes are achieved. Applicants can determine the scope of outputs if not specified. The project is expected to deliver at a minimum:

1. Municipalities of Costa Rica have strengthened capacity to implement organic waste management projects and reduce methane emissions by the end of the project or soon after, supported by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica.

Indicator: Number of government entities with a demonstrated improved capacity for SLCP action.

Output 1.1: Directives that guide local governments to meet organic waste management goals in alignment with the Global Methane Pledge and other national and international commitments.

Output 1.2: Proposal of indicators to monitor actions carry out by Local Governments regarding separate waste collection and management of organic waste is presented to the National Comptroller (Contraloría General de la República) to be considered under the Municipal Performance Indicators System.

2. Municipalities in Costa Rica endorse strategies to reduce emissions from organic waste with specific targets and implementation pathways (including financial plans) by the end of the project or soon after.

Indicator: Number of action plans, roadmaps, strategies, or other future plans with SLCP targets or mitigation measures formally adopted, endorsed and/or implemented.

Output 2.1: Strategies for at least 10 municipalities to reduce emissions from organic waste with specific goal and implementation as well as financial plans to achieve the goals.

3. Organic waste management demonstration projects are implemented by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environment and Energy by the end of the project or soon after in line with Costa Rica's commitment under the Global Methane Pledge.

Indicator: Number of SLCP mitigation tools, technologies, or practices adopted.

Output 3.1: Feasibility studies for approximately 10 organic waste projects

Output 3.2: Implementation plans for three organic waste projects

Output 3.3: Event(s) to promote synergies among public-private institutions, get to know technologies and suppliers in to contribute to the implementation of waste management projects.

4. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environment and Energy have improved capacity to monitor, report, and mitigate methane emissions in line with national climate change commitments by the end of the project.

Indicator: Number of monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) systems developed or updated that include SLCPs.

Output 4.1: Estimations of the methane emissions mitigation potential for the projects implemented or to be implemented in the framework of this project.

Output 4.2: Awareness activity on the contribution of organic waste projects to methane emissions mitigation and the contribution to the NDC.

Application process

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for consideration, project proposals must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete and submitted before the deadline
  • Submitted by a non-governmental organization (NGO), intergovernmental organization (IGO), or other not-for-profit entity. Governments are not eligible to apply directly for funding in this call.
  • Requested funding is within the estimated budget amount, or includes a clear justification for additional expenses 
  • Project duration is less than 24 months
  • Budget criteria are met and spending caps on expenses are respected. 

Please note that entities will be required to provide the last three (3) audited financial statements to be eligible for CCAC funding. These statements may be provided along with the application for funding or at the request of the CCAC Secretariat during the evaluation process.

For-profit entities may only participate in the project as stakeholders, co-funders, or end users. Applicants are encouraged to include for-profit entities in the development of the project proposal and/or during project implementation if their ownership of the proposed solution is key to the project’s success.  

How to apply

Eligible applicants are invited to apply using the Application Form and Excel Budget Form. Specific instructions on completing these forms are available in both documents. 

Applicants may choose to follow the cost range proposed above OR propose a different budget supported by a clear justification. However, applicants should note that cost efficiency will play a significant role in the selection process.

The completed Application Form and Excel Budget Form should be submitted to secretariat [at] (secretariat[at]ccacoalition[dot]org).

Evaluation criteria

Proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Presents a clear plan to achieve the required outcomes during the lifetime of the project or soon after
  • Includes a plan or activities to enable the scaling up of, replication of, or sustained use of project results over time
  • Sets out a clear approach for enabling or contributing to SLCP emissions reductions and resulting co-benefits
  • Involves relevant stakeholders 
  • Approach is grounded in a strong understanding of relevant risks
  • Complements other relevant initiatives, funding mechanisms, and existing policy processes
  • Applicant demonstrates necessary capacity and experience to perform the work
  • A realistic, cost-effective, and clearly justified budget and approach is proposed
  • Project meets the minimum requirements for the OECD DAC gender equality marker Score 1

Selection process

  • A preliminary review of proposals submitted by the deadline will be conducted by members of the CCAC Secretariat, Funding Task Team, and Board, in consultation with relevant CCAC Partners.  
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their proposals in further detail and to respond to follow-up questions about their application.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to develop a Project Implementation Plan and Detailed Budget in consultation with the CCAC Secretariat and relevant CCAC Partners.

The selection process may take up to 6 months after the closing date of the call for proposals. Due to the high volume of requests, the CCAC will not respond to requests for updates or feedback during this time.

Note: Due diligence 

In addition to eligibility criteria outlined above, qualified UNEP/CCAC implementers* must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have adequate financial resources to perform the contract and meet all existing commitments (financial health)
  • Be able to provide proof of registration, proof of not-for-profit status and audited financial statements for the last three completed fiscal years 
  • Have a record of satisfactory performance with UNEP/CCAC, when applicable; and  - Not have been suspended or debarred by UNEP/CCAC or another UN agency. UNEP/CCAC also considers entities included in the Security Council Resolution Lists to be ineligible for UNEP/CCAC agreements.

* (inter)governmental entities/ United Nations are exempt from this requirement


As a general rule, Implementation Agreements allow for incidental procurement only, and as such, total costs in the following categories must fall below a certain threshold*:

  • Contractual Services
  • Equipment, Vehicles and Furniture
  • Operating and other Direct costs
  • Supplies, Commodities and Materials

*Agreements of $200,000 and below: up to $20,000 or 15% of total budget, whichever is lower.

*Agreements of above $200,000: up to $40,000 or 15%. * United Nations agencies are exempt from this requirement.


Estimated project cost
US$ 160,000 - US$ 200,000