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Public awareness of biodiversity in Europe

Recognition and understanding of the term ‘biodiversity’ has increased in the European Union. 71% of interviewed EU citizens have heard of biodiversity and over 41% of these know what it means. 43% in Ireland.

At least eight out of ten Europeans consider the various effects of biodiversity loss to be serious for humans and for nature and agree that it is important to halt its loss. The biggest perceived threats to biodiversity are pollution of air, soil and water, man-made disasters and climate change.

Just under a third of respondents are aware of the Natura 2000 network, including 19 % who say they have heard about it but do not know what it is. However, the overwhelming majority agree that nature protection areas are very important in protecting endangered animals and plants or safeguarding nature’s role in providing food, clean air and water.

Most Europeans are not willing to trade damage or destruction of protected areas for economic development.

Source – European Environment Agency

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