The present study is a representative population survey on nature awareness in Germany. The focus of the 2019 Nature Awareness Study is “protected areas”. Although the tasks of nature conservation are not limited to these places, protect-ed areas are a central sphere of activity for nature conservation work and are at the centre of public awareness.
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 Conservation (BfN).
The nature awareness study provides information on how the population perceives and experiences nature, supports its conservation, and how they assess the current issues of nature conservation policy. As a monitor of social trends, it provides empirically verifed data, which represent important foundations for nature conservation policy, public discourse and educational work.