Precautionary Principle, Precautionary Practice: Lessons and Insights

Rosie Cooney, Barney Dickson

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    The studies in this volume reflect a rich array of experiences and perspectives on precaution in principle and practice in the area of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. Some authors (Low; Castro) describe successful applications of the precautionary principle, with few problems. Many (Sant; Tucker and Treweek; Di Paola and Machain; Banana; Rabinovich) are positive about the potential of the principle, but highlight a range of problems and barriers for successful implementation; and several examine the complexities of its translation into practice (Sant; Newton and Oldfield). Some authors focus largely on how the precautionary principle should be applied (Dickson; Emerton et al; Moyle). Some contrast what they view as good examples of precautionary action with poor applications of the precautionary principle (Rabinovich; Kaur et al). Some, while not critical of the principle itself, are critical of the way in which it has been invoked or applied in particular cases (Rosser et al; Andresen et al), and one describes examples of a precautionary approach with largely beneficial impacts, but highlighting problems or issues that need further attention (Balangue). Some are critical of the way in which it can be applied, and question whether it necessarily leads to optimal conservation outcomes (Moyle; Mealey et al; Newton and Oldfield).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBiodiversity and the Precautionary Principle
    Subtitle of host publicationRisk, Uncertainty and Practice in Conservation and Sustainable Use
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherRoutledge Earthscan
    ISBN (Electronic)9781849770583
    ISBN (Print)978-1-84407-277-4, 978-1-84407-276-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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