This 2013 Nature Awareness Study is based on a representative population survey on how the Germans view nature and biological diversity. 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.
Starting in 2009, it has been commissioned and published every two years by the Federal Ministry for the Environ- ment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).
The survey provides answers to the following questions: What does the population understand by ‘nature’? Who commits to the cause, and how? And how is nature conservation actually rated in Germany – as a major political agenda serving to safeguard our own future, as a tedious curtailment of our personal freedom of decision, or as something that simply goes unnoticed? What are the nature topics that interest people and what can nature conservation learn from this?