Coral reefs underpin the livelihoods of an estimated 400 million people worldwide, yet human activity, carbon emissions and global warming are damaging the health of coral reefs worldwide. Policy-makers in coastal areas and marine management officials need better information about what they can do to sustain the life of coral reefs.

Funded by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility, the Coral Reef Targeted Research and Capacity Building for Management (CRTR) Program was a leading international coral reef research initiative. It aimed to fill crucial knowledge gaps in reef research, inform policy development and build the capacity of reef managers, particularly in developing countries.

Currie managed all communications for this Australian-based program including strategic planning, international media relations, the production of collateral and stakeholder relations. The latter was particularly complex given the disparity of stakeholders around the world.

CRTR ran from 2004 to 2010 and is now the foundation for a major new international program – ‘Capturing Coral Reef Related Ecosystem Services’, currently under development.