As a continent, Africa is one of the largest and most diverse, often separeated into regions for ease of communication. From North Africa, with a focus on the Mediterranean has more contact with European partners, for example through MedWet. Sub-Saharan Africa has a different character, and equally East, Central, West and Southern Africa are all distinct. The continent’s wetlands vary from the oases of the Sahara, the rich coastal wetlands of west Africa, the lakes of the Rift Valley and the seasonal wetlands of the Okavango Delta. Wetland centres are often based around tourism, but water conservation and access are also major issues for many local communities.