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Flood control lessons from the Dutch as we enter a wetter future

A view of the damage after heavy rain and devastating floods in Waverly, Tennessee, (Peter Zay/Getty Images)
A view of the damage after heavy rain and devastating floods in Waverly, Tennessee, (Peter Zay/Getty Images)

Like many parts of the world, the Netherlands experienced heavy rainfall this year. But unlike its neighboring countries, it averted disastrous floods.

So if one of the most flood-prone countries in the world can avoid catastrophic flooding, are there lessons we can adapt for a wetter future due to climate change?

Henk Ovink, the Netherlands’ first special envoy for international water affairs, joins us from Glasgow.

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