Dr Ian Fry

PhD, M Env Law (ANU), M Env Studies (Macq Uni), Grad Dip Internat Law (ANU), Grad Dip Media, BApp Sci (UC)

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 and its related agreements.

He is the Ambassador for Climate Change and Environment for the Government of Tuvalu and has worked for the Tuvalu government for the last 16 years.

He is the Pacific Regional Representative to the United Nations for the International Council on Environmental Law, a member of the IUCN 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 and the International Association for Small Island Studies.

Professional Activities

Ian is a part-time lecturer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society and teaches two courses: International Environmental Policy and Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School

Ian Fry works for the Office of the Prime Minister of Tuvalu as Tuvalu’s Ambassador for Climate Change and Environment and formerly as the International Environmental Officer for the Environment Department of the Government of Tuvalu. He has worked for the Tuvalu government for sixteen years and represented the Tuvalu Government in numerous international fora including the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Commission for Sustainable Development, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol, Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations General Assembly and UN SIDS conferences.

Ian coordinates the Least Developed Countries on matters relating to the new legal agreement on Climate Change. 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, Ian also 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. He has facilitated negotiations training workshops in the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Nepal, Samoa, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tuvalu, Vietnam as well as special pre-Conference of Party workshops for LDCs in Canada, Italy, Indonesia, Kenya and Thailand. This work is carried out in association with the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (UK), the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Development Programme, WWF Pacific and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.


Ian hold a PhD (ANU), Master of Environmental Law (ANU), Master of Environmental Studies (Macquarie Uni), Graduate Diploma in International Law (ANU), Graduate Diploma in Media (Canberra Uni) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Canberra Uni)

  • Ian Fry, (2010). The Disappearance of “1.5 Degrees Celsius”, Environmental Policy and Law: The journal for decision-makers, October 2010, Volume 40, No. 5, p215.
  • Ian Fry and María Gutiérrez (2010). “Taking the Floor” A negotiations training guidebook for Pacific Island Countries, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programm, Tidal Influence Media.
  • Ian Fry (2010). “Moving Beyond Copenhagen – A Small Island State's Perspective”, Guest Article 37, Climate-L , http://climate-l.org/2010/03/18/guest-article-37-moving-beyond-copenhagen-%E2%80%93-a-small-island-state%E2%80%99s-perspective/
  • Ian Fry, (2009). Book review, "The Earthscan Reader on Adaptation to Climate Change", edited E. Lisa F. Schipper and Ian Burton, published by Earthscan, 2008, in: Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 18(2), 2009, p223-226.
  • Ian Fry (2009). TINPass -The International Negotiations Passport for Developing Countries, Tidal Influence Media.
  • Ian Fry and María Gutiérrez, (2008). In a Nutshell: A guide to Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry for Non Experts in Developing Countries, Tidal Influence Media.
  • Ian Fry, (2008). Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation: Opportunities and Pitfalls in Developing a New Legal Regime, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 17(2).
  • Barnett, Jon, Lambert, Simon and Fry, Ian (2008). ‘The Hazards of Indicators: Insights from the Environmental Vulnerability Index’, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 98:1, 102-119.
  • Ian Fry, (2007). "More twists, turns and stumbles in the Jungle: a further exploration of land use, land use change and forestry decisions within the Kyoto Protocol", RECIEL, 16:3, 341-355.
  • Ian Fry, (2007). “Who Pays to Save Tuvalu?” Entwicklung & Ländlicher Raum, Inhalt 5.