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[82WashLRev0547] Precaution, Science, and Learning While Doing in Natural Resource Management

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dc.contributor.author Doremus, Holly
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-25T18:04:36Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-25T18:04:36Z
dc.date.issued 2007-08
dc.identifier.citation 82 Wash. L. Rev. 547 (2007) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0043-0617
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/205
dc.description.abstract Holly Doremus, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis. Abstract: Dealing with uncertainty is widely recognized as the key challenge for environmental and natural resource decisionmaking. Too often, though, that challenge is considered only from an ex ante perspective which treats uncertainty as an invariant feature that must be accounted for but cannot be changed. With respect to many natural resource management decisions, that picture is misleading. Decisions are often iterative or similar, providing significant opportunities for learning. Where such opportunities are available and inaction is not feasible or desirable, learning while doing can provide the benefits of both the precautionary principle and scientific decisionmaking while minimizing the key weaknesses of each. After highlighting the benefits of a learning-while-doing approach to natural resource management, this paper briefly addresses how management agencies might be encouraged to adopt such an approach. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Washington Law Review, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Article en_US
dc.title [82WashLRev0547] Precaution, Science, and Learning While Doing in Natural Resource Management en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2007 by Washington Law Review Association.

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