Morocco – Foster methane mitigation in the agriculture sector [MA-23-003]

by CCAC - 14 November, 2023

Overview

This project responds to a request made by the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development of Morocco.

Morocco has been a CCAC Partner since 2014. With CCAC support, Morocco has completed its National SLCP Planning process and has identified priority SLCP mitigation measures, that were included in its revised NDC. As a Global Methane Pledge signatory, Morocco supports the voluntary commitment to reduce global methane emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 2020 levels. In response to that endorsement, Morocco is now working on developing a methane roadmap and on assessing the methane capture and energy generation potential for 3 major landfills. It is planning to submit its revised NDC in 2025, which includes taking stock of existing analysis in key sectors such as agriculture.

At a minimum, this project will deliver an Action Plan to reduce methane from Morocco’s agriculture sector, including a detailed assessment of methane emissions, mitigation measures, and mitigation pathways with special emphasis on the meat and dairy sectors. It should also inform the SLCP mitigation measures and/or SLCP reduction targets in Morocco’s 2025 NDC update and prepare for the UNEP/CCAC GCF methane mitigation programme that is expected to start implementation in 2025. Morocco has expressed interest to be part of this GCF programme and has participated in discussions on the scope.

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

Who to involve

Successful delivery of this project will require close coordination and engagement with the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests and affiliated agencies; Ministry of Industry and Commerce; Ministry of the Interior and local authorities; Public agencies and Federations (AMEE, MASEN, ADA, CGEM, Universities and Engineering Schools, Professional Associations, DGCT, Territorial Communities, and livestock project managers.

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. The Government of Morocco endorses mitigation measures and Action Plan to reduce methane from the agriculture sector by project completion or shortly 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 1.1: Action Plan to reduce methane mitigation from the agriculture sector that includes at a minimum:

  • Updated national emissions inventory for the agriculture sector with special emphasis on the dairy (i.e. bovine, caprine, ovine) and meat sectors (i.e. bovine, ovine, poultry, caprine)
  • Analysis of SLCP emissions along whole value chain of dairy and meat sectors
  • Review and mapping of current and planned laws, policies, regulations, and projects
  • SLCP mitigation potential from the agriculture sector with special emphasis on the dairy and meat sectors
  •  SLCP mitigation options including mitigation potential of new technologies
  • Cost of implementation and sources of funding
  • Co-benefits assessment on health, food security and economy

2. The Government of Morocco integrates SLCP reduction targets and/or mitigation measures for the agriculture sector in its 2025 NDC update and other relevant plans and strategies by project completion or soon after.

Indicator: Number of NDCs targeting SLCPs. 

Output 2.1: Recommendations to integrate SLCP reduction targets and/or mitigation measures for the agriculture sector in the next NDC update and other relevant plans and strategies and to enhance MRV Framework.

3. The Government of Morocco has increased capacity for methane emissions inventory development through updated and improved methane emission estimates for the agriculture sector that can be fed into future UNFCCC reporting including MRV frameworks, BUR etc.

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

Output 3.1: A capacity building workshop to support the development of a Tier 2 agriculture GHG emission inventory, applying IPCC Tier 2 methods and associated guidelines and tools.

4. The Government of Morocco identifies funding sources for adopting and upscaling new practices to reduce methane emissions from the dairy and meat sectors by the end of the project or soon after.

Indicator: Amount of external funding (“catalysed funding”) for SLCP actions. 

Output 4.1: Technical and financial assessments of mitigation practices from the livestock, agricultural waste, food waste sectors.

Output 4.2: Project design documents for at least 2 mitigation practices.

Output 4.3: Lessons learned and experiences from implementing practice/technology and plans for upscaling (such as identified funding sources, implementation cost estimates, funding proposal, plan to integrate into national budget, engagement with ministry of finance/planning). 

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 considered 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] ccacoalition.org (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

Procurement

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.

Highlights

Opening: 
Closing: 
Estimated project cost
US$ 240,000 - US$ 300,000

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