We all know that the Dutch are likely the most prepared people on earth against flood. However, there has been a change in their approach, from doing something “against” it to doing something to “embrace” it.
And now the evidence is leading them to undertake what may seem, at first blush, a counterintuitive approach, a kind of about-face: The Dutch are starting to let the water in. They are contriving to live with nature, rather than fight (what will inevitably be, they have come to realize) a losing battle.
How they are doing it:
The local buzzword is ‘multifunctional.’ The Dutch are putting retail and offices on top of new dikes, designing public squares and garages to double as catch basins for rain and floodwater, constructing floating houses and reservoirs that create recreational opportunities.