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Abstract

With regard to environmental policy decisions two major factors have to be taken into account: the scientific uncertainty involved in many issues, and the growing pressure of public opinion. Both need adequate and innovative responses. Because of unknown and unpredictable systemic connections and casual links, the future of different human groups, of other species and of the whole planet are closely intertwined. This fact recommends that a precautionary approach is adopted whenever decisions are taken that may have environmental consequences. The resilience of the ecosystem cannot be considered unlimited, neither can the task of solving all problems be attributed to technological innovation. New methods and tools are necessary for managing scientific uncertainty and for meeting public demands of participation in policy decisions.

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Authors: DE MARCHI B, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Sistemaricerca, Vol. 27 (1992) pp. 34-40
Record Number: 199310746 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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