FAPAD is implementing Partners for Resilience [PfR II] project in Otuke District with support from CARE International in Uganda with the aim to enhance community resilience to climate change, disaster risk and eco-system management and restoration.
Under this project, FAPAD formed Community Based Monitors (CBMs) in December 2017 with the guidance of Natural Resources Department, Sub-County Authorities (Parish chiefs, LC II & LC I), security and the community mostly from 10 hotspot parishes in unregulated charcoal businesses. In April 2019, CBMs were trained on monitoring, reporting documentation and community sensitization on issues regarding environmental degradation, good environmental practices like restoration. Alongside that, they monitor and report service delivery status within community i.e. roads, water, health centres, schools among others.
In June 2019, CBMs in Ogwette Sub-County reported to Sub-county
Authority (LCIII Chairperson, Senior Assistant Secretary & OC Ogwette Outpost) one notorious charcoal dealer Mr Pirino Okello a resident of Otang village, Alir Parish who had cut down 25 stems of Shea nut trees (both young and mature) for charcoal production. The sub-county authority immediately visited the scene and Mr Okello was immediately arrested and taken to Ogwette Outpost. Later, Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Mr Robert Abak was informed by CBMs who ordered for his transfer to Ot
uke Central Police where the case was filed and he appeared before the magistrate court. He was fined UGX 1,200,000 (USD 324.3) for cutting protected and valuable Shea trees and deterrent factor for cutting protected trees in Otuke District.