Public Seminar - Navigating the Politics of Commonwealth Endangered Species Legislation

Now more than ever Australia is facing a species extinction crisis. Despite this, the Commonwealth appears to be stepping away from its national responsibilities to protect our endangered wildlife (and it’s not just about koalas).

This talk traces the intrigue and political games played in the development of Commonwealth Endangered Species legislation, starting from the mid 1980s and to its final enactment and eventual incorporation into the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. With the EPBC currently under review, the Federal Government has recently introduced the EPBC Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020 which will have serious implications for species protection and pre-empts the review process.

About the speaker

Dr Ian Fry is an international environmental law and policy expert. His focus is primarily on the mitigation policies associated with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement and related instruments.

He is the Ambassador for Climate Change and Environment for the Government of Tuvalu and has worked for the Tuvalu Government for the last 21 years.

Dr Fry is the Pacific Regional Representative to the United Nations for the International Council on Environmental Law, a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, a Research Associate at the Centre for Climate Policy and Law (Australian National University Law School), a member of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies, the International Studies Association and the International Association for Small Island Studies.

Dr Fry coordinates the Least Developed Countries on matters relating to carbon markets and is currently on the Bureau of the UNFCCC. He has held the position of Vice-Chair of the Facilitative Branch of the Compliance Committee under the Kyoto Protocol and has co-chaired the Durban Forum on Capacity Building.

From time to time, Dr Fry undertakes consultancy work, primarily associated with negotiations training in the context of multilateral environmental agreements. His work focuses on building the capacity of government representatives from Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States and ASEAN countries.