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Going into details, the following points of the Plan of Implementation can be stressed as being particularly important: r adopting and implementing policies and measures aimed at promoting sustainable patterns of production and consumption, applying, inter alia, the polluter pays principle; We have seen that policy needs legal concepts for its deﬁnition and legal regulations for its implementation. In addition, the polluter pays principle, although it mainly constitutes an economic directive for the internalization of environmental costs, certainly has a legal meaning and produces regulatory consequences.
36 It is 32 33 34 35 36 The obligation to conduct environmental impact assessment is prescribed inter alia by the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context, February 25, 1991 (EMuT, 991:15) and by Article 8 and Annex I of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, Madrid, October 4, 1991 (EMuT, 991:74). See Article 22 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Nonnavigational Uses of International Watercourses, New York, May 21, 1997, EMuT, 997:39.
PUBLIC LECTURES ON INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW its jurisdiction or control that are harmful to any part of the environment. The principle does not impose an absolute duty to prevent all harm, but rather an obligation on each state to prohibit activities that could cause signiﬁcant harm to the environment – for instance the dumping of toxic waste into an international lake – and to minimize detrimental consequences of permissible activities through regulation – for instance by imposing limits on the discharges of sulphur dioxyde (SO2 ) in the atmosphere.