Towards a scientific definition of the precautionary principle

Towards a scientific definition of the precautionary principle Marhe Pollution B&tin, Pergamon PII: SOO25-326X(96)00105-1 Vol. 32, No. 1 I, pp. 768-771, 19% Science Ltd Printed in Gnat Britain. All rights nservcd Copyright1996 Elmicr 0 OC2>326X/96 $15.00+0.00 J. S. GRAY* and J. M. BEWERSt *Institute of Marine Biology and Limnology, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1064, Blinakrn, Oslo 3, Norway iBedford Institute of Oceanography, P.O. Box 1006, Dartmouth, N.S. B2Y 4A2, Canada At a recent meeting of the Greenwich Forum in the United Kingdom, Dr David Pugh, in response to a lecture given by one of us (JSG), noted that many in the scientific community, including ourselves (Bewers, 1995; Gray, 1990, 1995), were critical of contemporary definitions of the Precautionary Principle. The main reason for these criticisms is that the principle marginalizes the role of science. Dr Pugh suggested that it might be useful to develop a definition that was more compatible with a scientific approach to marine environmental protection. This challenge has been taken up by the two of us, who, as members of the IMO/FAO/UNESCO/WMO/WHO/IAEA/UN/UNEP Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), have had experience in attempting to bridge the gap between scientists, environmentalists and decision-makers. The following is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Marine Pollution Bulletin Elsevier

Towards a scientific definition of the precautionary principle

Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 32 (11) – Nov 1, 1996

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Copyright © 1996 Elsevier Ltd
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0025-326X
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1879-3363
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10.1016/S0025-326X(96)00105-1
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Marhe Pollution B&tin, Pergamon PII: SOO25-326X(96)00105-1 Vol. 32, No. 1 I, pp. 768-771, 19% Science Ltd Printed in Gnat Britain. All rights nservcd Copyright1996 Elmicr 0 OC2>326X/96 $15.00+0.00 J. S. GRAY* and J. M. BEWERSt *Institute of Marine Biology and Limnology, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1064, Blinakrn, Oslo 3, Norway iBedford Institute of Oceanography, P.O. Box 1006, Dartmouth, N.S. B2Y 4A2, Canada At a recent meeting of the Greenwich Forum in the United Kingdom, Dr David Pugh, in response to a lecture given by one of us (JSG), noted that many in the scientific community, including ourselves (Bewers, 1995; Gray, 1990, 1995), were critical of contemporary definitions of the Precautionary Principle. The main reason for these criticisms is that the principle marginalizes the role of science. Dr Pugh suggested that it might be useful to develop a definition that was more compatible with a scientific approach to marine environmental protection. This challenge has been taken up by the two of us, who, as members of the IMO/FAO/UNESCO/WMO/WHO/IAEA/UN/UNEP Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), have had experience in attempting to bridge the gap between scientists, environmentalists and decision-makers. The following is

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Marine Pollution BulletinElsevier

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