Unevenly distributed threats to biodiversity dictates the urgency of conservation actions in an area. In Mt. Iglit-Baco Natural Park (MIBNP), the individual numbers of tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) declined from thousands to hundreds. This is alarming because the tamaraw is hailed as the largest critically endangered endemic megafauna and the only wild cattle species in the Philippines. The impacts of forest fires, deforestation, and invasive plants continue to threaten the remaining four home ranges of tamaraws.
Monitoring forest disturbance in near real-time (NRT) is crucial for mitigation efforts across the world, and this is especially true in countries like Myanmar. As one of the most forested nations in Southeast Asia and home to high levels of biodiversity, the country is disproportionately affected by unchecked forest disturbance, usually from deforestation. Meanwhile, NRT monitoring via remote sensing has been advancing for decades, with recent methods providing promising results.