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The Precautionary Principle and the Compact City

The precautionary principle, often cited as one of the principles of sustainability, implies that decisions by governments, institutions and individuals need to allow for and recognize conditions of uncertainty, particularly with respect to the potential effect on the environment of policies and projects proposing physical development. The principle has been adopted in the Rio Declaration, in the EU’s Environmental Action Plan, and in the UK in the government’s Environmental Strategy and Sustainable Development Strategy.