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Insight of the Week: People in Most Countries Say Their Governments Are Doing a Poor Job of Protecting Nature and Wildlife

Insight of the Week: People in Most Countries Say Their Governments Are Doing a Poor Job of Protecting Nature and Wildlife
Insight of the Week
21/05/2021
Tove Malmqvist

People in Most Countries Say Their Governments Are Doing a Poor Job of Protecting Nature and Wildlife

Performance of National Government on Protecting Nature and Wildlife, Net Performance,* by Country, 2020 

National governments are widely seen as being poor performers when it comes to protecting the natural world.

Out of 27 countries and territories surveyed, only those in Asia and Saudi Arabia rate government mostly positively.

  • Saudi Arabian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Indian respondents rate their governments positively on protecting nature and wildlife.
  • People in France, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Spain, and Brazil are highly critical of their governments’ efforts.

The dramatic differences in perspectives across countries will make negotiations challenging at the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference, with relatively little public pressure on Asian governments to commit to an ambitious agenda.

Notes:

  • Question wording: Please rate the performance of each of the following actors in protecting nature and wildlife: Our national government.
  • Data source: GlobeScan Radar 2020, survey of 27,000 people in the general public in June 2020).

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