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The limits of capacity building

Randomized control trials are a potentially useful research design for identifying the causal effects of capacity-building interventions in the context of environmental development. But new research suggests that short-term capacity-building projects do not increase the rate at which local water districts in Costa Rica adopt climate adaptation strategies.

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Lubell, M., Niles, M.T. The limits of capacity building. Nat. Clim. Chang. 9, 578–579 (2019).

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