Rules for success in environmental negotiations

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Taylor, J.G., N. Burkardt, and B.L. Lamb

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Taylor, J.G., N. Burkardt, and B.L. Lamb. 1995. Rules for success in environmental negotiations. Waterpower '95, Proceedings of the International Conference on Hydropower, American Society of Civil Engineers, July 25-28, 1995, San Francisco, CA. San Francisco, CA: American Society of Civil Engineers. p. 30-37.

Scientists at the Mid-Continent Ecological Science Center of the National Biological Service conducted a series of case studies of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license consultations. The goal of these studies was to test hypotheses about factors that contribute to success in interagency negotiations. Based on their analysis of six case studies, the researchers constructed a list of ten "rules for success." Examples include: Analyze the incentives of each party to negotiate, paying special attention to parties who gain by not negotiating; Clarify the technical issues so that all agree and they coincide with resource management objectives; and Make sure the final agreement is feasible from both a physical and a policy perspective so that it can actually be implemented. These rules can be used to plan for negotiations and to diagnose ongoing negotiations.