Awareness of biodiversity
Status of biodiversity
Threats to biodiversity
Measures that safeguard biodiversity
Measures that mainstream biodiversity
Benefits derived from biodiversity and ecosystem services
Impacts on biodiversity outside of Ireland
Knowledge of Irish biodiversity
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These data are derived from the Flash Eurobarometer Reports No. 219 (conducted from 20.11.2007 to 24.11.2007, 1000 Irish participants), No. 290 (conducted from 08.02.2010 to 12.02.2010, 1000 Irish participants) and No. 379 (conducted from 26.06.2013 to 28.06.2013, 1000 Irish participants).
These surveys were requested by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment. It is a general public survey co-ordinated by the Directorate-General for Communication (“Research and Speechwriting” Unit). The surveys covers the population of the respective nationalities of the European Union Member States, resident in each of the 27 Member States and Croatia and aged 15 years and over. All interviews were carried using a centralised call centre. In every country respondents were called both on fixed lines and mobile phones. The basic sample design applied in all states is multi-stage random (probability). In each household, the respondent was drawn at random following the "last birthday rule".
Participants were selected based on contact telephone numbers from responders to random probability or random location face to face surveys, such as Eurobarometer, as seed numbers. The approach works because the seed number identifies a working block of telephone numbers and reduces the volume of numbers generated that will be ineffective. The seed numbers are stratified by region and urbanisation to approximate a geographically representative sample. From each seed number the required sample of numbers are generated by randomly replacing the last two digits. The sample is then screened against business databases in order to exclude as many of these numbers as possible before going into field. This approach is consistent across all countries.
The summary reports of the Flash Eurobarometer surveys can be found here:
The Eurobarometer is a longstanding public opinion survey facilitated by the European Commission since the 1970s. While biodiversity-related questions do not form part of the standard surveys, Flash Eurobarometer surveys on this subject are conducted every few years to clarify how familiar EU citizens are with the term biodiversity and with the concept of biodiversity loss.