Enabling conditions

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Situations which must be present together with a given initiating event in order to allow the specific cause for a scenario to propagate to a consequence of interest.

In a climate change context, conditions that affect the feasibility of adaptation and mitigation options, and can accelerate and scale-up systemic transitions that would limit temperature increase to 1.5°C and enhance capacities of systems and societies to adapt to the associated climate change, while achieving sustainable development, eradicating poverty and reducing inequalities. Enabling conditions include finance, technological innovation, strengthening policy instruments, institutional capacity, multilevel governance, and changes in human behaviour and lifestyles. They also include inclusive processes, attention to power asymmetries and unequal opportunities for development and reconsideration of values. See also Feasibility.


Use and Misuse of Enabling Conditions and Conditional Modifiers in Layers of Protection Analysis