The Precautionary Principle and the Ecosystem Approach in International Law: Differences, Similarities and Linkages
18(1) Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 26-37
Posted: 24 Jan 2015
Date Written: 2009
The precautionary principle and the ecosystem approach are often mentioned in one breath. This article explores the differences, similarities and relationship between the two concepts. In a comparative and integrated assessment, it addresses, among other things, the purpose, core elements and status of the precautionary principle and the ecosystem approach under international law, the role of scientific information in their application, and the management actions associated with their implementation.
Keywords: precautionary principle, ecosystem approach, customary international law, environmental law
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