South Eastern Mediterranean Sea Project (SEMEP)

The South Eastern Mediterranean Sea Project (SEMEP) is an interdisciplinary environmental education project under the auspices of UNESCO which focuses primarily on the South Eastern Mediterranean sea region. The programme was launched in 1993 following a Greek initiative. It promotes environmental education through science and intercultural dialogue in the region. Member countries include: Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Palestinian Authority, Romania, Slovenia, and Turkey.

The aims of the programme are: 

  • The correlation between natural and social environment and cultural values of the people of South-Eastern Mediterranean region.
  • The promotion of scientific research, in a way that connects technological, economic and social issues with environmental issues.

The network is co-ordinated by the Department of Natural Sciences / Biology / Geography, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, Cyprus. Public and private schools of secondary education participate in this programme. 

The first publication of SEMEP Good Practices entitled « Bridging Cultures through Science for a Sustainable Environment» was published in 2012, on the initiative of the Department of Natural Sciences / Biology / Geography and funding from UNESCO. In 2015, the second publication of SEMEP Good Practices was circulated entitled «Inquiry-based Science-Ecology Education. The Cyprus SEMEP Good Practices».


Contact Information:

Dr Constantino Phanis

SEMEP National Coordinator in Cyprus

Biology and Environmental Education Specialist

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth

Tel.: +357 22806306; +357 22462940



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