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Computational Bioacoustics by Todor Ganchev

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1 Introduction

1.1 Why should we care about biodiversity?

Biodiversity is essential to the health of Earth’s ecosystems. The consequences of biodiversity loss translate to impoverishment of environment, lower productivity, and lessening its capacity to support complex life, including the human species. The improved public awareness about these consequences made possible the prioritization of efforts aimed at the development of conservation planning policies. The last one brought forward the need of ecological impact assessment of all human activities, which indirectly contributes to the biodiversity preservation efforts (Rands et al. 2010; Collen et al. 2013).

Essentially, in the past decade, biodiversity preservation efforts gained some wider ...

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