Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 of the United Nations Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 states that "by 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably". As a contribution to achieve this target, and to effectively complement existing educational materials, WAZA will develop tools for raising awareness about biodiversity in zoo and aquarium visitors. These new tools will focus on global issues and personal engagement.
This will be accompanied by an evaluation of the knowledge about and perception of biodiversity in zoo and aquarium visitors, also to assess the effectiveness of the tools developed for awareness-raising. Such a large-scale evaluation of zoos and aquariums as education centres is mostly lacking and also needed by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for evaluating Aichi Biodiversity Target 1.
A visitor survey will be conducted between 2012 and 2015 in more than 30 zoos and aquariums across the globe to evaluate biodiversity literacy. The survey is done under the auspices of WAZA, in collaboration with researchers at Chester Zoo and the University of Warwick. All data will be used in a form that will make it impossible to determine the identity of the individual responses.
If you have any questions about the visitor survey, please contact us. Please click on the following link to download an article (1 MB) about how zoos and aquariums contribute to achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 1.