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RECIPES – Case Studies on Precaution Principle and Innovation


RECIPES – Case Studies on Precaution Principle and Innovation


Ecologic Institute 2019: RECIPES – Case Studies on Precaution Principle and Innovation. Video. Online:

In this short video, Joe Rini, Research Associate at the IASS Potsdam coordinator of the analysis of the eight case studies, explains how the principle is applied in different contexts and thematic areas.

Based on the outcome, the project team will develop scenarios for the future of the PP and help introduce mechanisms for public involvement and decision-making. RECIPES will provide a platform for the co-creation of tools and guidelines to help policy-makers and stakeholders align risk assessment with the potential benefits of innovation.

The project RECIPES – REconciling sCience, Innovation and Precaution through the Engagement of Stakeholders – aims to propose ideas on how to align the precautionary principle with the goals of innovation to ensure sustainable and safe solutions, while fostering social awareness and responsibility in the EU in research and innovation.

In particular, RECIPES plans an analysis of legal and policy initiatives on the PP and an examination of the application of the principle based on eight case studies. The case studies all represent issues with high stakes and are thus particularly well suited for illuminating the complexity and controversy around the precautionary principle.

Eight case studies to understand the Precautionary Principle


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Video recording: Chiara Mazzetti (Ecologic Institute)
Animation: Lena Aebli (Ecologic Institute)

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1:16 min
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news, governance, health, safety, precautionary principle, innovation, risk, technology, chemicals, agriculture
case study