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7. Precautionary Measures

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This chapter concentrates on examples of measures that have been agreed upon and taken by states in order to implement the precautionary principle. In fact, the list of international and national measures that may serve to implement it is nearly interminable. The precautionary principle does not find leeway, however. When its thresholds of gravity and likelihood are crossed, states are entitled or obliged, as the case may be, to take precautionary action that is effective and proportional and confirms to the given circumstances. For measures to qualify as effective action they must be timely and reflect a dynamic, cautious and comprehensive approach to environmental protection. They should not replace one risk with another risk of equal or greater dimensions. Measures taken under the precautionary principle must be a subject to regular review and stay in place as long as the environmental risk in question so requires.

Keywords: precautionary measures; precautionary principle

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