Shifting sands to protect Dutch coast from flooding
9 February 2014 Last updated at 22:38 GMT
A delegation of experts from the Netherlands is in London to advise the UK government on long-term measures to prevent flooding.
The Dutch have long experience of dealing with the threat of rising water levels - and their annual budget for what they call water management is five times that of the UK.
Jeremy Cooke reports on how the risk of floods is minimised through extensive investment.