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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Precautionary Approach/Principle

Meinhard Schröder

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 July 2019

Responsibility of states — International environmental law — Precautionary principle — Sustainable development — Natural resources — Biodiversity

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The precautionary principle is part of a system of rules designed to guide the decision-making of States towards the goal of an environmentally sustainable development . It has become a guiding principle of modern international law and, increasingly, of national instruments and jurisprudence relating to protection of the environment and conservation of natural resources . 2 Basically, the precautionary principle is the idea that environmentally sensitive activities should be avoided and precautionary measures taken, even in situations where there is potential...
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