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Call for Projects

Request for Project Concept Notes

Higher Ground is interested in identifying a small number of projects with committed champions that will serve as the pioneers in testing the VRC™ market scheme. These projects will benefit from support by Higher Ground in defining project level baselines, monitoring systems, and securing project sponsors interested in securing VRCs™. If the projects are registered through Higher Ground they will qualify to generate and sell VRCs™.

Interested parties are invited to review the attached Request for Project Concept Notes. If you feel your project may be good candidate, please submit a project concept note to If you are unsure if your project would be a good candidate, look at the project examples and review the discussion paper or contact us via email with questions or comments.

The Project Concept Notes are an opportunity for project proponents to begin the process of communicating their project to Higher Ground. Those projects that look like they have potential to be good candidates for vulnerability reduction credits will be contacted to develop a dialogue and further assess their applicability as the Higher Ground pioneers.

Featured Projects

Yelburga climate adaptation project with VRC™ support

Horticultural intervention in Southwest India to enable local farmers to adapt to climate change.

The Project is to be jointly executed by Samuha, an Indian NGO, and The Higher Ground Foundation.  The Project aims to reduce vulnerability in the south-western India state of Karnataka by implementing a horticultural intervention that enables farmers to better adapt to the result of climate change – mainly, more frequent crop failures owing to drought. Aside from physical intervention activities, the Project will incorporate the VRC concept in its design and monitoring process in to demonstrate the VRC mechanism from registration to final issuance and its effectiveness as a means of unlocking finance for climate adaptation. The Project will also employ the best available climate downscaling outputs and aims to establish, through data and experiences gained in the Project, robust climate vulnerability reduction metrics that can be applied to support project planning, monitoring and evaluating activities in a wide range of circumstances.

Higher Ground is currently seeking funding for The Yelburga VRC Project.  Please do not hesitate to contact us to learn more.

Some Project Examples

Landslide Prevention

landslide BhutanLandslides pose severe risks to infrastructure and to people who live, travel, or work near vulnerable sites. Often socially and economically marginal communities settle in hilly areas prone to landslides, and in mountainous regions, road and communications links critical for the economy are vulnerable, especially during and immediately after the rainy season - often also the growing and harvest seasons.

Landslides have many causes, but changes in precipitation owing to climate change may increase landslide hazards. There are a variety of engineering and land use interventions and practices that offer to reduce these hazards.

Landslide prevention measures could be supported by VRCs™. Project developers would survey and analyze landslide risk, and consider what communities and assets were exposed to these risks. If precipitation patterns increase the risk, these may be integrated into a future vulnerability baseline. The reduced hazard associated with projects to prevent landslides, such as improved road and building construction and project siting, planting vegetation, and improving drainage can then be the basis for generating VRCs™.

Flood Prevention

© WitthayaPhonsawat / - flood preventionA number of recent floods that have displaced millions, with devastating impacts on human health, food security, and infrastructure, have a demonstrable linkage to climate changes. Projects to reduce flood hazard, including engineering, land use, and disaster management interventions, can be attractive generators of VRCs™, and the revenue stream from VRCs™ in turn can back project finance.

The HGF's newly introduced Vulnerability Reduction Project Manager-Flood Defense (VRPM-FloodDefense) tool is now being introduced as an aid to project development. Based on understanding baseline flood hazard and anticipated future changes in precipitation and other climate factors causing flooding, the VRPM-FloodDefense can be used to develop projects to protect assets and communities. After implementation, if the project’s monitoring reports demonstrate that it is maintained according to Higher Ground registered project design, VRCs™ may be issued.

Agricultural Climate Adaptation

© prozac1 / - droughtFarming and grazing is how billions in the developing world sustain themselves and their families. In subsistence agriculture, climate factors: temperature and precipitation, among others, lead to good harvests or poor harvests. A poor harvest often throws a whole region into poverty.

Higher Ground VRCs™ can stimulate planning and project finance to climate-proof crop production. To win VRCs™, current agricultural practices and their vulnerability to climate need to be understood and assessments of how future climates will impact production, on a business-as-usual basis, give a vulnerability baseline. This assessment will then inform what alternative practices - changes in crops and varieties, irrigation, pest management, among others - offer to cost-effectively reduce vulnerability. As with other measures, effective maintenance of the project is required for VRC™ issuance.