The precautionary principle does not specify which actions are appropriate under
The choices among potential anticipatory actions, however should be informed by the
I) full consideration of the weight of evidence for potential harm
Ii) the kind and degree of scientific uncertainty associated with the evidence
Iii) an assessment of potential alternative actions
Implementing the precautionary principle:
Policy decisions are often made by focusing primarily on economic or political factors or
by considering only one kind of risk.
Goal setting is particularly important for establishing environmental and health policies
because choices among human activities can have wide spread adverse or favourable
impacts on regional and global ecosystems.
Goal setting requires us to ask the following questions: 1) where do we want to be at
some future time. 2) Who should have an opportunity to answer the question? 3) What
mechanism is in place or could be put in place to determine which visions for the future
Risk assessment attempts to estimate the probability of harm risk from a pr