MIS, Database Development, Research, Capacity Building for Carbon Credit Accounting and Sales

Posted on December 16, 2021
Overview

WE4F is a joint international initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union (EU), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands, Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Announced at World Water Week 2018 and launched at Social Capital Markets 2019 signature event in San Francisco, California, WE4F aims to: 

  • Increase food production along the value chain through a more sustainable and efficient usage of water and/or energy. 
  • Increase income for the base of the pyramid women and men in both rural and urban areas.  
  • Sustainably scale innovators’ solutions to meet the challenges in the WE4F nexus. 
  • Promote climate and environmental resilience and biodiversity through the sustainable, holistic management of natural resources and ecosystems. 

A description of the opportunity

High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is a leading company in developing a WEF accounting system in Morocco and MENA to evaluate current Water, Energy and Food (WEF) sustainability and predict responses to climate and resource changes. With community partners, HAF also grows trees in nurseries at a subsidized rate for farmers, cooperatives, associations, and education centers. HAF’s tree monitoring system secures voluntary and credited carbon offsets, integrating and maximizing the benefits from remote sensing and ground-truthing with community engagement. This system can be applied on an individual life zone basis to estimate thresholds when tree planting, production and carbon sequestration have exceeded WEF conditions and require major adjustments.  

HAF, with funding from the WE4F, has developed a Morocco-specific algorithm to measure carbon sequestration on which the service provider will build upon (N.B.: the algorithm requires further testing and validation). HAF has previously successfully sold carbon credits to major international institutions. As part of its growth plan, HAF is seeking to build its data management infrastructure as well as a system to expand its carbon credits as a source of revenue and measure the performance of its trees. 

HAF, with funding from the WE4F, has developed a Morocco-specific algorithm to measure carbon sequestration on which the service provider will build upon (N.B.: the algorithm requires further testing and validation). HAF has previously successfully sold carbon credits to major international institutions. As part of its growth plan, HAF is seeking to build its data management infrastructure as well as a system to expand its carbon credits as a source of revenue and measure the performance of its trees. 

The service provider is expected to design and test an MIS system to be used as both an accounting system and an analysis tool. The ultimate objective of the assignment is to support HAF in determining the viability of generating sustained revenues from the sales of carbon credits and well to make key technical and managerial decisions (e.g. the optimum varieties for the different biozones, volumes of trees to plant, and types of farming inputs to use for water saving). A necessary step to achieve this objective is to collect, manage, and report on data about the trees being planted by HAF and its partner organizations (500 million trees with 12 data points per tree minimum (and growing)). Key features of the system: 

  • Designed for both accounting and decision making; 
  • Visual and dynamic reporting templates/dashboards;  
  • User-friendly to enable individuals without prior coding/programming experience to use the MIS; 
  • Flexible to accommodate for country-level nuances; 
  • Scalable to include growing data sets; 
  • Can seamlessly integrate with HAF’s existing data management and IT system, and 
  • In line with carbon credit accounting best practices and the international regulatory context (the WE4F and HAF teams will assist in availing such information). 

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    How to apply

    The duration of the offering:

    To apply please send your proposal to we4f@berytech.org. The proposal must contain all requirements included in the RFP.

    Questions can be submitted until January 13, 2021.

     The deadline to submit the Proposal is on January 20, 2022.

    About Water and Energy for Food (WE4F)

    WE4F is a joint international initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands, Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).