Towards scientific contributions in applying the precautionary principle: an example from southwestern Australia

Authors: M. C. Calver, J. S. Bradley and I. W. Wright

From the Pacific Conservation Biology

Scientific suspicion of the widely stated precautionary principle is based largely on confusion as to procedures for incorporating scientific data into a philosophical-political process. Here we take published guidelines on applying the precautionary principle and illustrate how they allow scientific input to the question of whether or not current multipleuse forestry takes a precautionary approach to conserving threatened or vulnerable marsupials in the jarrah forest of Western Australia.

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