The Chief Warden of Kidepo Valley National Park Samuel Amanya says that the App is an Open Data Kit; a free, open-source suite of tools that allows data collection using Android mobile devices and data submission to an online server, even without an Internet connection.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has adopted a mobile application for reporting incidents of problem animals in communities surrounding
the Kidepo Valley National Park.
Chief Warden of Kidepo Valley National Park Samuel Amanya says that the App
is an Open Data Kit; a free, open-source suite of tools
that allows data collection using Android mobile devices and data
submission to an online server, even without an Internet connection.
to Amanya, the App has features of assigning GPS coordinates and the
instant location where the stray or problem animal has been discovered,
particulars of the affected persons, the magnitude and type of damage
experienced including crops or property destroyed, human injuries or death
He hopes that the use of the App will abate human-wildlife conflicts in over
4,200 villages in the 17 sub-counties that lie within the six districts
surrounding the park and Karenga Community Wildlife areas.The sub-counties are Karenga, Kawanga,
Lubalangit, Lokori and the town councils of Karenga and Kidepo in Karenga
district; Alerek in Abim district and Orom in Kitgum district.
areas of concern also include Loleliya South, Omiya Pachua and Lapono sub
counties in Agago district; Kaceri in Kotido district; Kamiyon, Kapedo, Sangar,
Kawalakol and Kapedo Town council in Kaabong district.
The App has now been installed on newly acquired smartphones that have been
distributed to the LCIII Chairpersons of the 17-selected sub-counties where the
technology is being piloted. Amanya
says once the data is collected, the local leaders will then notify the park
authority to dispatch their field staff or a drone to the incident area in response. Once found effective, it will be rolled out to
other neighbouring areas.
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Karenga Resident District Commissioner Salim Kumakech reiterates that the
technology will go a long way in lessening the human-wildlife conflict that has
seen livelihoods of community and their property destroyed and lives lost by
these wandering animals from the park.
says the technology is one of the efficient and alternative ways of sending
information that will reduce the amount of time that the park authorities would
take in response and also limit incidents where people have always been
reporting unnecessary cases.
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says the gathered data by the ODK application will also be essential in
informing the government on the magnitude of damage incurred by problem animals
for future compensation and also identifying other related issues threatening
wildlife including poaching, illegal wildlife trade and habitat
destruction amidst others.