When it comes to water, South Florida has a lot in common with the Netherlands. Both regions are close to sea level and rely on canals, seawalls and pumps to prevent flooding. And both face an increasing threat from sea-level rise.

So it makes sense that Dutch officials and South Florida leaders exchange a lot of advice on resiliency.

Margarita Wells is Miami Beach’s acting environment and sustainability director. She often sees Dutch consul members at panels and other events where local leaders discuss resiliency. She says one piece of advice stands out.

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