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precautionary principle
(English) A proactive method of dealing with the environment that places the burden of proof on those whose activities could harm the environment; the opposite of the wait-and-see principle. The management concept stating that in cases 'where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation' (Rio Declaration). (See also: fishing effort, fishery)
principe de conservation
(French) Méthode active de gestion de l'environnement qui envisage les prévisions des activités humaines sur l'environnement ; par opposition au principe d’attendre et voir (‘wait and see’). (See also: fishing effort, fishery)

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