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ABOUT xiaoxuan

Xiaoxuan obtained an environmental law degree from Ocean University of China. In 2017, she passed the National Judicial Examination and was granted the lawyer’s qualification in China. Xiaoxuan has more than two years’ working experience in IOCAS, Green Stone, and UNDP/GEF YSLME project as a legal assistant. Currently, she is a PhD student at the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests focus on coastal management, international climate change law, and environmental governance.

CURRENT PROJECT

Laws and Policies of Climate Change Mitigation in Vulnerable Coastlines: A Comparative Analysis between Shandong Province and the State of Victoria, in the Context of the Paris Agreement.

Over the past century, with the continued development of globalization, the climate system has been undergoing significant changes characterized by global warming especially in coastlines. It is believed that the coastlines play a pivotal role in many countries, important for several industries including tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, etc. Compared to inland areas, they are normally considered as having better social and economic conditions. On the other hand, they are highly vulnerable to climate change because in addition to changes in temperature and precipitation and more frequent flooding, they will be affected by rises in sea level and wave height as well as accelerated coastal erosion. For adapting the current situation, many countries are making efforts to improve ecological and community resilience in coastal areas, which focuses on undertaking actions to reduce the vulnerability of social and biological systems to the impact of climate change. As state parties of the Paris Agreement, China and Australia are both developing adaptation strategies for the coastal resilience at the moment while the large difference between two countries is their legal settings. Thus, this research project will focus on how climate change will affect coastal areas, analyze current legislation on climate change in Australia and China, and thus figure out what kind of laws, regulations, and policies could be beneficial for better adapting to climate change under different legal systems.
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