Precautionary principle

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Definition of Precautionary Principle:
The principle of taking action now to avoid possible environmental damage when the scientific evidence for acting is inconclusive but the potential damage could be great.[1].
This is the common definition for Precautionary Principle, other definitions can be discussed in the article


The Maastricht Treaty adopted the Precautionary Principle as a fundamental element of environmental policy. (Article III-233 of the draft Treaty establishing a constitution for Europe.)


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See also

  1. Application of precautionary approach
  2. Climate change effects
  3. Climate change effects - Gaps in scientific knowledge
  4. Development of the European Marine Strategy
  5. The Integrated approach to Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)