German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Social Affairs

The picture shows the cover of the 2019 Nature Awareness Study.

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) have published the results of the sixth nature awareness study. The nationwide survey on the population's awareness of nature, nature conservation and biological diversity was carried out at the end of 2019. 2,044 people aged 18 and over were surveyed. The significance of the study is representative for the whole of Germany.

This time, the focus of the nature awareness study is on protected areas. In addition, new questions about species knowledge and digitalization in nature conservation were added. In addition, existing time series on the opinion of the population on agrochemical technology and the energy transition, as well as on fundamental attitudes towards nature and nature conservation, were updated.

The integrated indicator for measuring the awareness of biological diversity has for the first time recorded significant improvements in attitudes and willingness to act among the population in a ten-year period since it was first recorded in 2009.

Nature Awareness

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In the picture you can see an open hand, in which lies a germinating plant with soil.

Based on the understanding that nature conservation is a social agreement, it is important to recognize current socio-political challenges related to nature conservation in the sense of "horizon scanning" and to actively shape accompanying discourses.

Social questions

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The photo shows people sitting in the shade of trees on a meadow in a park.

Nature conservation is embedded in social development. The integrative potential of nature conservation is therefore of interest. From this perspective, the opportunity to participate in nature and in the dialogue on biological diversity is, among other things, a question of justice that particularly affects disadvantaged groups in Society.

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In the photo you can see the side profile of a child who is looking at a butterfly sitting on his hand.

The social acceptance of concepts, instruments and measures of nature conservation depends to a large extent on how these are positioned and communicated in public. Information and target group-oriented communication are therefore indispensable instruments for successful nature conservation work. Corresponding measures play an important role in the implementation of the National Strategy on Biodiversity.

Last Change: 15/02/2021