An attempt by authorities in the Netherlands to tackle the threat of flooding by working with Nature, not seeking to control it, is attracting attention from residents and visitors, writes Roy Webster in Nijmegen.

The Netherlands is among the most densely populated countries on Earth, with large parts below sea level, and a natural flood plain fed by three major European rivers. Since Roman times, the country’s inhabitants have reclaimed the land and restrained the water by building dams, dykes and overflows.

In 1993 and 1995, due to heavy rainfall, a surge of water travelled ...


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