Negotiation and Decision-Making

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

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Lamb, B.L., N. Burkardt, and J.G. Taylor. 1998. Negotiation and Decision-Making. Hydroecological Modelling: Research, Practice, Legislation and Decision-Making. Prague, Czech Republic: T.G. Masaryk Water Research Institute. p. 63-64.

Technical clarity in negotiations over environmental issues involves understanding the science-based aspects of a project, including the professional value judgments that must be made and the technical facts. Technical clarity is achieved when there is agreement on values and facts. Technical values include issues such as the resources influenced by the project and the geographic extent of project effects. Resolving these value questions requires defining the nature and extent of benefits that may be gained from the negotiation. Technical facts include issues such as the level of flow that will provide fish habitat and the timing of flow releases to maximize power production. Resolving the technical fact questions determines distribution of these benefits to each party...