Despite all the Dutch efforts to plan and design smart solutions to live with water, Mother Nature has the potential to create a fierce storm that sends water surging beyond any initial defenses. That’s when storm surge barriers come into play, and in this field of technological innovation, the Dutch play to win.

The government’s plans to protect the land against flooding and to secure freshwater supplies are set out in the Delta Programme, which is being carried out jointly by public authorities and other organizations.

The Dutch also share their knowledge with others around the world. In fact, the Dutch water management agency Rijkswaterstaat helped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fortify the Louisiana coast against category 5 hurricanes in the years after Hurricane Katrina.