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Daniel Guerrero Bedoya

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Fellow 2013-2014: Evaluation of the opportunity costs of avoided ornamental fisheries in the Estrella River in the Inírida region of the Colombian Amazon, Colombia

Daniel has been selected for technical support proposed by Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) and within the framework of the Scholars Program of the Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA), a program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The goal of his project is to estimate the economic impact on ornamental fisheries caused by a reduction in ornamental fishing in the Estrella River region after implementing conservation strategies and sustainable resource management. The Estrella River river comprises 283,000 hectares and contains high levels of endemism and biodiversity. It also accounts for about 50% of Colombia's ornamental fisheries. The economic implications will include opportunity costs such as income that would have been derived from economic activity in communities who follow the conservation guidelines. This lost revenue becomes a direct opportunity cost to non-resource use and needs to be evaluated to determine a benchmark for compensation for the families involved.

Daniel holds a Master's degree in Economics with a focus on Natural Resource Economics and Hydrobiological Fishing. He began his research in this field by designing a bio-economic model for the extraction of Anadara tuberculosis in the municipality of Tumaco, Colombia. From 2007-2013, he worked at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali teaching microeconomic theory to both undergraduate and graduate students. He has also worked as a research assistant in the field and has designed economic experiments to apply in the Gulf of Tribugá Nuquí, Colombia.