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The Precautionary Principle and the Ecosystem Approach in International Law: Differences, Similarities and Linkages

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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.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Utrecht University School of Law and Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS)

Publication date: 2009-04-01

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