GUIDELINES FOR APPLYING THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE
TO BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
28 October 2005
We are pleased to announce the issue of Guidelines for Applying the Precautionary Principle to Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resource Management (NRM). It is hoped that they will be widely adopted and used in a broad range of biodiversity conservation and NRM contexts. These Guidelines represent the first set of guidance for the precautionary principle in biodiversity conservation and NRM. They aim to inform and assist decision-makers, policy-makers and managers in interpreting and applying the precautionary principle across a wide range of contexts. The Guidelines have been developed by The Precautionary Principle Project – a joint initiative of Fauna & Flora International, IUCN-The World Conservation Union, ResourceAfrica and TRAFFIC, and were finalised at an international workshop in Florida in July 2005, after three years of work and consultation involving a wide range of experts and stakeholders from different regions, sectors, disciplines and perspectives. They form part of a forthcoming book Biodiversity and the Precautionary Principle: Risk and Uncertainty in Conservation and Sustainable Use, to be published next month by Earthscan, London, and will be presented at meetings at the Ramsar COP, CBD SBSTTA, and elsewhere. Please note that they should not be taken as necessarily representing the view of IUCN or other collaborating organisations.
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