The study is based on a nationwide represen-tative survey on nature awareness in Germany. The guiding topic of the 2017 Nature Awareness Study is “marine conservation”: What about society’s awareness of the threat to marine nature? What does the population see as the main threats to the seas? What are its thoughts on marine conservation? What does it say regarding the establishment of marine conservation areas? And to what extent is it willing to contribute to marine conservation itself?
Nature awareness studies have been conducted and published every two years since 2009 on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Agency for Nature Con-servation (BfN).
The fundamental task of the nature awareness study is to assess social attitudes towards nature and bio-logical diversity. The study provides up-to-date and empirically verifed data, which are valuable founda-tions for nature conservation policy, public discourse and educational work.