Waikato Regional Council needs to understand how much people know about environmental issues. We also need to find out if people know that their actions in one part of the region can affect other areas. This information will guide us in setting goals and planning environmental education programmes to fill information gaps.
This indicator monitors people’s knowledge concerning activities that may damage the environment, as measured by a five-point index at the regional, district council, urban and rural level.
Over the years various knowledge statements have been used throughout each of the surveys. Therefore depending on what statements were included determines the measures used for the level of environmental knowledge at that time.
In 2019, 34 per cent of respondents had a medium (25 per cent) to high level (9 per cent) of environmental knowledge. In 2016 there were 46 per cent, 36 per cent in 2013 and 34 per cent in 2006 with medium to high levels of environmental knowledge. In both the 1998 and 2000 surveys, almost four-fifths (79 per cent) of Waikato people had a medium to high level of environmental knowledge.
This indicator is updated every three years. The next update is due in 2022.
Social Scientist - Science and Strategy Directorate
Updated 27 June 2019