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5. Third Leg Of The Tripod: Action

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This chapter will be concerned with where when and how of precautionary action where, i.e., in what areas of the world and to what environmental sectors does the precautionary principle find application? When precisely is action called for, i.e., when are thresholds crossed? And how, finally, is one to determine what action to take?. The chapter on precautionary action, the third essential ingredient of the precautionary principle, has reflected on the where, when and how of such action. In summary, the precautionary principle must be 'widely applied'. This includes, to say it with Birnie and Boyle, "application to problems of global environmental risk, such as climate change and biological diversity, as well as domestically, in furtherance of the objective of sustainable development. Precautionary action is appropriate wherever there are sufficiently qualified threats of environmental harm.

Keywords: precautionary action; precautionary principle; third leg; tripod



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