Precaution in coastal regulation: from principle to practice

While deciding on a project, do regulators know everything about its impacts on the environment or on human health? What actions or decisions can be taken in the event of simply not knowing enough about the impacts of proposed actions? The decision to act or not act, and further how to act in the face of unknowns or uncertainties is the subject matter of the precautionary principle. The present study on the precautionary principle was conducted to identify gaps between this important legal principle and practice and to examine related problems that arise in environmental governance for further examination.