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Nature Conservation and the Precautionary Principle

John M. Francis

Environmental Values 5(1996): 257-264. doi: 10.3197/096327196776679294

The application of the precautionary principle to an area of environmental protection, such as nature conservation, requires commitment to the idea that full scientific proof of a causal link between a potentially damaging operation and a long term environmental impact is not required. Adoption of the principle in Government statements related to sustainable development should therefore be seen in this context. The paper addresses the particular case of marine fish farming in Scotland where the principle was advocated but not upheld in practice. In the light of this experience there is a need for educators and philosophers, ethicists and concerned scientists to ensure that the principle is more widely interpreted and understood.

KEYWORDS: Nature conservation, sustainable development, international law, technology assessment

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Nature Conservation and the Voluntary Principle. John M. Francis

The Precautionary Principle in Contemporary Environmental Politics. Timothy O'Riordan and Andrew Jordan

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles:

The Challenge of Scientific Uncertainty and Disunity in Risk Assessment and Management of GM Crops. Anne Ingeborg Myhr

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