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Global surveys on biodiversity

What is the level of awareness globally? Here are the results of a few surveys on biodiversity awareness.

  Biodiversity Barometer - Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT)
Since 2009, UEBT has been tracking biodiversity awareness around the world. To date 31.000 consumers, spread over 11 countries, have been interviewed. They are prodded about their understanding of biodiversity and related purchasing attitudes.

The 2013 edition of the UEBT Biodiversity Barometer includes research on consumers in China, the fastest growing economy worldwide, which adds another interesting facet to the global picture of biodiversity awareness that UEBT has been constructing over the last 5 years.

Biodiversity Barometer: 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013

  Eurobarometer - Attitudes of Europeans towards the issue of biodiversity
The Eurobarometer clarifies how familiar EU citizens are with the term "biodiversity" and with the concept of biodiversity loss.

Eurobarometer: 2007 - 2010 - 2013

  Measuring Biodiversity Literacy in World Zoo and Aquarium Visitors
WAZA takes the lead on surveys carried out by zoos and aquariums to answer the following questions: How well do world zoo and aquarium visitors understand the term ‘Biodiversity’? ; Do world zoo and aquarium visitors understand the actions they can take to help protect Biodiversity? ; Can zoos and aquariums make a difference with regard to Aichi Biodiversity Target 1? See the results in the presentation.

  A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network (ALTER-Net)
Public perceptions of biodiversity change– results from a (pilot) survey in 8 European countries
ALTER-Net explores how members of the public in different sites perceived biodiversity change, and how they evaluated these changes.

Report: 2009

  Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
National Baseline Survey of Biodiversity Awareness and Involvement
The Scottish Biodiversity Committee, Scottish Natural Heritage, examines current public attitudes to and engagement with biodiversity.

Report: 2009

  South African Journal of Science
Visitors’ views on alien animal species in national parks: a case study from South Africa
This study examines visitors’ views on the hypothetical presence of alien animal species in the Addo Elephant National Park (AENP).

Study: Visitors' views on alien animal species in national parks: a case study from South Africa, 2008

  Sciencedirect
1. Towards a societal discourse on invasive species management: A case study of public perceptions of mink and beavers in Cape Horn
This study examines the public perceptions of invasive species of high conservation concern in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve in Chile.

Abstract: 2011

2. Tourists’ willingness to pay for biodiversity conservation and environment protection, Dalai Lake protected area: Implications for entrance fee and sustainable management
This study examines tourists’ willingness to pay for biodiversity conservation and environmental protection of the Dalai Lake Protected Area and the factors influencing the WTP.

Abstract: 2012

  Henry P. Kendall Foundation (HPKF)
National Baseline Survey of Biodiversity Awareness and Involvement
The Henry P. Kendall Foundation examines the public’s attitudes toward forest protection and nature conservation in the northeastern U.S.

Report: 2002

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme