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2010-09-15 15:00 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
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2012-05-02 20:01 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
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2012-05-07 14:00 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

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The Precautionary Principle in Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resource Management - An issues paper for policy-makers, researchers and practitioners
Rosie Cooney
Organization(s) involved in the publication of this resource
IUCN Publications Services Unit
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)
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IUCN Policy and Global Change Series No. 2

This paper is divided into the following sections:

I. Introduction
The context of this study
Background and objectives

2. The meaning of the precautionary principle
The core concept of precaution
The content of the precautionary principle
Precaution, prevention, and polluter-pays
Precaution and science

3. Acceptance of the precautionary principle in biodiversity and natural resources law and policy
Development of the principle in environmental law and policy
Biodiversity and general environmental law and policy
Fisheries law and policy
Forest law and policy

4. Implementing precaution in biodiversity and natural resource management: issues and challenges
Does acceptance of the principle in law and policy translate into implementation?
What sectoral features shape the implementation of precaution in biodiversity and natural resource management?
Through what tools and approaches can precaution be implemented?
Assessing conservation costs and benefits
Costs, benefits, and competing objectives: the balancing act of implementing precaution
Equity and precaution
Can precaution be "abused"?

5. Conclusions and current directions
Towards best-practice guidance

6. References
Thematic areas
  • Scientific and technical issues
    • Risk assessment
Background material to the “Guidance on risk assessment of living modified organisms”
Is this document is recommend as background material for the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms”
Section(s) of the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms” this background material is relevant
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Type of resource
  • Issues Paper
ISBN: 2-8317-0810-9
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IUCN - The World Conservation Union
© 2004 International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural

©Juan Pablo Moreiras/FFI
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