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The Polluter Pays Principle

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The focus of environmental protection has changed to encompass sustainable development, and several new concepts or tools such as the precautionary principle, the polluter pays principle and the common but differentiated responsibility principle have emerged with some enjoying the status of customary law. The principle to be used for allocating costs of pollution prevention and control measures to encourage rational use of scarce environmental resources and to avoid distortions in international trade and investment is the so-called "Polluter-Pays Principle". It has been articulated that the "polluter-pays principle is necessary to ensure that social, economic and environmental goals are realized harmoniously; it is essential to integrated decision-making". Since economic development should not come at the expense of either social development or natural resources protection, it is necessary to ensure that the polluter does not pass the costs on to others or the environment.

Keywords: economic development; environmental goals; environmental protection; integrated decision-making; polluter pays principle; pollution prevention; sustainable development



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