(report in pdf format: 296kb) In 2000 the European Environment Agency (EEA) established a special project for the European Parliament, on the dissemination of research results from technologies characterised by scientific complexity and uncertainty, such as GMOs and chemicals, and on the use of such results by the public and their representatives in their governance, including the use of the precautionary principle. This project is in support of the EEA duty, added to its regulation in 1999, to assist the Commission in the diffusion of information on the results of relevant environmental research. In order to access European scientific expertise and to minimise duplication, the EEA established a partnership with the European Science Foundation to bring together relevant scientific evidence. This is the first report from the project. Other reports will summarise monitoring programmes and exposure data for some representative chemicals, and the use of consensus conferences and other methods for involving the public in complex scientific issues. The project will support the EEA in its work of helping to develop appropriate monitoring and data sources on the impacts of complex economic/ environment interactions.
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