Biodiversity – the variety of Life on Earth – makes our planet habitable and beautiful. We depend on it for the food, energy, raw materials, air and water that make life possible and drive our economy. And we look to the natural environment for equally important things like aesthetic pleasure, artistic inspiration and recreation.

QUESTIONNAIRE
“Attitudes towards biodiversity”

Q1
Have you ever heard of the term ‘biodiversity’?

CHOOSE ONLY ONE ANSWER PLEASE
1I’ve heard of it and I know what it means
2I’ve heard of it but I do not know what it means
3I have never heard of it
4DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Q2
Biological diversity – or biodiversity – is the term given to the variety of life on Earth (like plants, animals, genes, but also ecosystems such as oceans etc.) which forms the web of life of which we are an integral part… How informed do you feel about the loss of biodiversity?

CHOOSE ONLY ONE ANSWER PLEASE
1Very well informed
2Well informed
3Not well informed
4Not informed at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE
Q3
For each of the following effects of biodiversity loss, can you tell me if it is in your opinion..
1
Decline and less variety of natural habitats
1A very serious problem
2A fairly serious problem
3Not a very serious problem
4Not a serious problem at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

2
Decline and disappearance of forests
1A very serious problem
2A fairly serious problem
3Not a very serious problem
4Not a serious problem at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

3
Endangering and disappearance of some animals
1A very serious problem
2A fairly serious problem
3Not a very serious problem
4Not a serious problem at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Endangering and disappearance of some plants
1A very serious problem
2A fairly serious problem
3Not a very serious problem
4Not a serious problem at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Climate change
1A very serious problem
2A fairly serious problem
3Not a very serious problem
4Not a serious problem at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE
Q4
Here are some statements about why it might be important to halt the loss of biodiversity. Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with them:
CHOOSE ONLY ONE ANSWER PLEASE
Very much agree
Rather agree
Rather disagree
Very much disagree
DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE
1
It is a moral obligation – because we have a responsibility to look after nature
1Very much agree
2Rather agree
3Rather disagree
4Very much disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

2
Our well-being and quality of life is based upon nature and biodiversity (M)
1Very much agree
2Rather agree
3Rather disagree
4Very much disagree
DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE
3
Biodiversity is indispensable for the production of goods such as food, fuel and medicines
1Very much agree
2Rather agree
3Rather disagree
4Very much disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Europe will get poorer economically as a consequence of the loss of biodiversity
1Very much agree
2Rather agree
3Rather disagree
4Very much disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

5
Biodiversity is essential in tackling climate change
1Very much agree
2Rather agree
3Rather disagree
4Very much disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Q5
In your opinion, how serious is the decline and possible extinction of animal species, flora and fauna, natural habitats and ecosystems? It is…(M)
CHOOSE ONLY ONE ANSWER

1
In your country
1A very serious problem
2A fairly serious problem
3Not a serious problem
4Not a problem at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

2
In Europe
1A very serious problem
2A fairly serious problem
3Not a serious problem
4Not a problem at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

3
Globally
1A very serious problem
2A fairly serious problem
3Not a serious problem
4Not a problem at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE
Q6
Do you think that the decline and possible extinction of animal species, flora and fauna, will have an impact on you personally?
CHOOSE ONLY ONE ANSWER PLEASE
1Yes, I am already affected by the loss of biodiversity
2Yes, it will have an effect on me, but not now, later on
3No, not on me personally but on my children
4No, it will not have an effect
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

For each of the aspects from the following list, please tell me if you think it threatens biodiversity..CHOOSE ONLY ONE ANSWER PLEASE

1
Intensive farming, deforestation and over- fishing
1Very much
2To some extent
3Not very much
4Not at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

2
Pollution of air, water (seas, rivers, lakes, etc.)
1Very much
2To some extent
3Not very much
4Not at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

3
Man-made disasters (e.g. oil spills, industrial accidents, etc.)
1Very much
2To some extent
3Not very much
4Not at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

4
Plants and animals introduced into our ecosystems (that are not normally found in our region or country)
1Very much
2To some extent
3Not very much
4Not at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Climate change
1Very much
2To some extent
3Not very much
4Not at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

6
Conversion of natural areas to other uses (e.g. roads, housing, industry, expansion of urban areas, conversion into farmland etc.)
1Very much
2To some extent
3Not very much
4Not at all
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE
Q8
In order to protect biodiversity please tell me if you agree or disagree that the EU should take each of the following measures.CHOOSE ONLY ONE ANSWER PLEASE

1
Increase the areas where nature is protected in Europe
1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

2
Create financial rewards (e.g. for farmers or fishermen) for nature conservation
1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Make sure that subsidies to sectors like agriculture or fisheries also take account of biodiversity
1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Allocate more financial resources to nature protection in Europe
1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Promote research on the impact of biodiversity loss
1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

6
Better inform citizens about the importance of biodiversity
1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Q9
Have you heard of the Natura 2000 network?
CHOOSE ONLY ONE ANSWER PLEASE
I’ve heard of it and I know what it is
I’ve heard of it but I do not know what it is
I have never heard of it
DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Q10
Natura 2000 is a network of more than 26 000 nature protection areas all over the EU. How important do you think the following roles of such nature protection areas are?
CHOOSE ONLY ONE ANSWER PLEASE

1
Protecting endangered animals and plants
1Very important
2Somewhat important
3Not very important
4Not at all important
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

2
Preventing the destruction of valuable areas on land and at sea
11Very important
2Somewhat important
3Not very important
4Not at all important
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE
3
Promoting nature-friendly land-use
11Very important
2Somewhat important
3Not very important
4Not at all important
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE
4
Stimulating eco-tourism and nature-related recreational activities
11Very important
2Somewhat important
3Not very important
4Not at all important
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE
5
Safeguarding nature’s role in providing clean air and water
11Very important
2Somewhat important
3Not very important
4Not at all important
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Q11
Sometimes economic development results in damage or destruction of nature protection areas, such as Natura 2000. Which of the following statements come closest to your opinion? (M)
CHOOSE ONLY ONE ANSWER PLEASE
This is acceptable because economic development takes precedence
This should be prohibited because these are our most important nature areas
This is only acceptable for projects of major public interest and if damage is fully compensated for
DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE
Q12
Would you say that you personally make an effort to protect biodiversity?
CHOOSE ONLY ONE ANSWER PLEASE
Yes I do
Yes but I would like to do even more
No, because I do not know what to do
No, for other reasons
DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Q13
For each of the following , please tell me whether or not you do it?
CHOOSE ONLY ONE ANSWER PLEASE

1
Respect nature (for example, by not leaving waste in the forest or on the beach, by not disturbing wild animals)
1Yes
2No
3DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

2
Buy products that are eco-friendly (organic, without chemicals, or locally produced, for example)
1Yes
2No
3DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE
Are a member of an organisation working to protect nature and biodiversity
1Yes
2No
3DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Participate in citizen’s projects dedicated to biodiversity (e.g. field work in nature reserves, bat nights, etc.)
1Yes
2No
3DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

5
Contribute to one or several monitoring projects (for example, to count birds or butterflies)
1Yes
2No
3DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Below are quotes from a number of well known people.about Nature
Do they resonate with you?

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Albert Einstein
1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.
Jules Renard
1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
Rabindranath Tagore
1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Andersen
1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
John Lubbock
1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

“One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human.”
― Loren Eiseley1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”
― Loren Eiseley

1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

There is more of god in a tree than all the cathedrals of christendom. WB Yeats
1Totally agree
2Tend to agree
3Tend to disagree
4Totally disagree
5DON’T KNOW / NOT APPLICABLE

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