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Corey Watts

Principal

BrightWater

Corey Watts is an independent sustainability consultant, writer and advocate, currently based in Sydney, Australia. For nearly 20 years, Corey has helped to shape policy and discussion on agriculture, food, and the environment. He holds a BSc in biology and completed his master’s degree at the University of Melbourne with a dissertation on the environmental history of wine. Between 2000 and 2014 Corey led agri-environmental work for two pre-eminent Australian NGOs—the Australian Conservation Foundation and The Climate Institute. He provided expert media commentary on climate change and successfully campaigned for several progressive initiatives, including an environmental stewardship payments scheme, and a program to help farmers and indigenous landholders engage in emerging carbon markets. Corey has served on numerous industry and government advisory bodies, written environmental policy for a global wine company, and coordinated the first sustainability assessment of agri-food systems in Australia.

His recent clients include WWF, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and online magazines RenewEconomy and Living in Peru, for which he covered the COP20 UN climate talks in Lima. He also serves in a senior advocacy role at a Major Medical College, advising on climate change and health policy. In 2016, Corey was commissioned by Fairtrade Australia New Zealand and The Climate Institute to review the literature on climate risks to global coffee supply chains. His report A Brewing Storm has sparked widespread interest in the fate of coffee in a warming world.

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