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Definition of Precautionary Principle:
The principle of avoiding possible environmental damage when the scientific evidence for acting is inconclusive but the potential damage could be great.
This is the common definition for Precautionary Principle, other definitions can be discussed in the article
- Approach to risk management that can be applied in circumstances of scientific uncertainty, reflecting a perceived need to take action in the face of a potentially serious risk without waiting for definitive results of scientific research.
- A principle which states that lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent environmental damage to habitats or species when there is a threat of serious or irreversible environmental degradation.
The Maastricht Treaty adopted the Precautionary Principle as a fundamental element of environmental policy. (Article III-233 of the draft Treaty establishing a constitution for Europe.)