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Nature Awareness

The public surveys on Nature Awareness are a study series conducted in a two year cycle by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. The study series is representative for the German public and deals with people´s opinions and awareness towards nature, nature conservation and biological diversity. Study results are of importance for conservation policy, environmental communication and reporting requirements on the national (National Strategy on Biological Diversity, chapter B5 - Public Awareness) and international level (Convention on Biological Diversity, Article 13 - Public Education and Awareness).
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2020 Youth Nature Awareness Study

The first representative survey on nature awareness of young people in Germany is available. The survey commissioned by the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) was conducted in early summer and autumn 2020, and published in April 2021. The study focuses, among other things, on the relationship of youths to nature in times of the pandemic, participation in demonstrations and willingness to act for nature and biodiversity, as well as attitudes towards agro-genetic engineering, energy transition and digitalisation.

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2017 Nature Awareness Study

The current study is based on a nationwide representative survey on nature awareness in Germany, which was conducted in autumn 2017 and published in June 2018. The underlying population for this study is the German-speaking resident population aged 18 and over. A total of 2,065 people were interviewed in computer-assisted face-to-face interviews (CAPI). On behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), the nature awareness studies have been carried out every two years since 2009. The basic task of the study is to record societal attitudes to nature and biological diversity. In the Nature Awareness Study 2017, the leitmotif “Marine Nature Conservation” was selected in order to specifically examine the social awareness of the threat to marine nature posed by overfishing, pollution, shipping and the exploitation of mineral resources, etc. 

In addition to the leitmotif, the topic of “Nature Conservation at Regional and Global Level” was also dealt with for the first time. The question was to what extent it makes a difference whether Germans think of nature in the region or of nature on earth in general. 

Furthermore, the subject areas “Social Awareness of Biological Diversity”, “Attitudes towards Genetic Engineering” and “Acceptance of Energy Transition” from the previous studies were continued and updated.

The study provides current and empirically verified data that are valuable for nature conservation policy, public discourse and educational work.

2015 Nature Awareness Study

In April 2016 the 2015 Nature Awareness Study was released by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. It is the fourth in a series of studies that has been organised every 2 years since 2009. The Study documents in hard figures the importance attached by citizens in Germany to being able to experience nature within their immediate urban environment. Furthermore, the Study examines for the first time how the population in Germany perceives domestic agriculture and agrarian landscapes.

The underlying population for this study is the German-speaking resident population aged 18 and over. A total of 2,054 people were interviewed in computer-assisted face-to-face interviews in May and June 2015.

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2013 Nature Awareness Study

The 2013 Nature Awareness Study is the first of its kind to look more closely into the subject of wilderness. As in the studies of 2009 and 2011, the 2013 Nature Awareness Study deals with the question of how people in Germany interpret 'nature' and how important they rate its protection. Several topics that were set for long-term monitoring are again subject of research in the 2013 study, including knowledge, attitudes and behavioral intentions regarding biological diversity. Other important survey topics are: landscapes, measures of flood control, ecologically friendly consumption and genetically modified organisms in agriculture.

This third nationwide survey on nature awareness in Germany was carried out from October to November 2013. To this end, a representative sample of 2,007 individuals aged 18 and older was selected from people of all regions in Germany.

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2011 Nature Awareness Study

The German population survey 2011 Nature Awareness Study was designed as an instrument to observe changes in the relationship of the population towards nature. It was carried out on behalf of the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. The 2011 Nature Awareness Study is the first one translated into english, and the second study in a planned two-year-cycle of studies: the first nationally representative survey on nature awareness was carried out in 2009.

The central results and conclusions of the study are presented under the following headlines: Social Transformation, changing landscapes – endangerment and conservation of nature, Good life in harmony with nature, preserving biological diversity.

The study is based on a representative sample of 2,031 German-speaking resident citizens from the age of 18 years up, taking into consideration all socio-demographic segments and integrating people of all regions in Germany. 

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