This brochure presents the results of the representative 2011 population survey on nature awareness in Germany. ‘Nature awareness’ is used as a term for all memories, perceptions, emotions, ideas, thoughts, assessments and evaluations associated with nature. As our society is subject to continuous socio-cultural change, nature awareness is continuously changing as well. In addition, the attitude towards nature is also influenced by the current discussions on our relationship to nature and the environment.
It is the second in a series of studies that has been organised every 2 years since 2009 by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).
The study on nature awareness was therefore as an instrument to observe changes in the relationship of the Germans to nature in a continuous way, i. e. at regular intervals. This ensures that the data used in nature conservation policy as well as in communication, education and public relations with regard to nature and nature conservation is always up-to-date and empirically verified