CONJURER UN SORT INCERTAIN : LE PRINCIPE DE PRECAUTION ET L’EVALUATION DES ESPECES EN PERIL AU CANADA

  • Helene TrudeauetTherese Leroux
Keywords: Environmental Law, Precautionary principle, Scientific Uncertainty, Protection of species at risk, Species at risk Act, COSEWIC

Abstract

The Species at Risk Act seeks to protect endangered wildlife species of the flora and fauna in Canada. The Act establishes a listing process to designate wildlife species at risk based on an assessment of their status done by an expert committee (COSEWIC). Then recovery strategies and action plans will be prepared to insure that these species at risk are protected. However, economic considerations may interfere with scientific assessments when species of interest for commercial purposes are considered at risk. Therefore, is the Species at Risk Act of some help to insure that the protection of these wildlife species at risk should prevail under those circumstances? The present text analyses the application of the precautionary principle within the assessment and classification process set out by the Act.

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Published
2008-09-01
Section
Legal Commentary