South Eastern Mediterranean Sea Project (SEMEP)

SEMEP is an educational programme between the countries of southeastern Mediterranean Sea that works under the aegis of UNESCO. It was created in 1993 after a Greek proposal. It aims at promoting the cooperation and exchange of information between the countries if southeastern Mediterranean Sea, through the promotion of environmental education and enhancement of the relationships between the environment and the society. Its Member States are: Egypt, Bulgaria, Greece, Jordan, Israel, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, Palestinian Territory, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey. 

The Programme is coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and it includes 18 public and private schools of secondary education. The aims of the programme are: 

  • The relationship between natural and social environment and cultural values of Southeast Mediterranean peoples.
  • The promotion of scientific research, in a way that connects technological, economic and social issues with environmental issues.

SEMEP promotes also the application of Investigative Learning of the section of Eco-biology in Natural Sciences in secondary education through the ESTABLISH consortium (European Science and Technology in Action Building Links with Industry, Schools and Home). The basic concept of ESTABLISH is focused around the creation of authentic environmental research learning for natural sciences, involving all of the interested stakeholders. More particularly, cooperation between the scientific community, educational policy makers, parents, researchers of Learning and Natural Sciences, teachers and the industry is sought, so that they can make changes in school classes.

The network includes schools that plan activities around a topic chosen annually by the National Coordinators for the Programme. For the school year 2010-2011 the topic was: “Rapprochement of Cultures through Education for Sustainable Development” and since 2012 the topic is: «Cooperation for water sustainability through science and culture».

The researches made by the students are about the thematic field of “Cooperation for water resources management through culture and science for sustainable development”.

The first edition of Good Practices of SEMEP entitled: “Bridging Cultures through Science for a Sustainable Environment” was published in 2012, after the proposal of the Inspection of Naturalistic / Biology / Geography and was funded by the Programme of Participation of UNESCO.

More information


SEMEP National Coordinator in Cyprus:

Dr Constantino Phanis

Ministry of Education and Culture

Tel: 22806306



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