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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #66

"Foresight and Precaution, in the News and in the World"

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Table of Contents Edition

Guidelines for Precaution in Biodiversity Conservation
  These guidelines have been formulated through focusing on forestry,
  fisheries, protected areas, invasive alien species, and wildlife
  conservation, management, use and trade. The primary target audience
  of these guidelines is policymakers, legislators and practitioners,
  but they also aim to create a culture of precaution in all sectors
  relevant to biodiversity conservation and natural resource management.
Anger Over Deepwater Fishing Decision
  Wildlife conservationists are criticizing a recent decision by the
  European Union to ignore scientific advice and continue to allow
  fishing for orange roughy and blue ling in the North Atlantic. They
  charge that the precautionary principle is being applied selectively.
Risk Assessment at the Biomonitoring Crossroads
  All the scientific advancements in risk assessment of the past 20
  years are becoming overshadowed by biomonitoring, the capability to
  measure low levels of specific toxicants (or their breakdown products)
  in humans, typically urine or blood.


  Rachel's Precaution Reporter offers news, views and practical
  examples of the Precautionary Principle, or Foresight Principle, in
  action. The Precautionary Principle is a modern way of making
  decisions, to minimize harm. Rachel's Precaution Reporter tries to
  answer such questions as, Why do we need the precautionary
  principle? Who is using precaution? Who is opposing precaution?

  We often include attacks on the precautionary principle because we  
  believe it is essential for advocates of precaution to know what
  their adversaries are saying, just as abolitionists in 1830 needed
  to know the arguments used by slaveholders.

  Rachel's Precaution Reporter is published as often as necessary to
  provide readers with up-to-date coverage of the subject.

  As you come across stories that illustrate the precautionary 
  principle -- or the need for the precautionary principle -- 
  please Email them to us at rpr@rachel.org.

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