South-Eastern MEditerranean sea Project

Students in Cyprus investigating antimicrobial properties of local plants

SEMEP (South-Eastern MEditerranean sea Project) is an interdisciplinary environmental education project focusing primarily on the South Eastern Mediterranean sea region. Member countries include: Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Palestinian Authority, Romania, Slovenia, and Turkey. The project promotes environmental education through science and intercultural dialogue in the region.


SEMEP involves students at the upper primary and secondary levels in both formal and non formal sectors. It provides an opportunity to consider environmental issues that are of common concern to countries in the South Eastern Mediterranean region. Within the framework of existing school curricula, the project encourages a multitude of science and technology educational approaches in favor of sustainable development, such as problem identification and problem solving, hands-on activities, and determining decision making parameters. SEMEP is a platform for dialogue and cooperation among students that reaches beyond the school to the community. Intercultural dialogue in the whole region has been promoted in particular through the development of student exchanges between SEMEP countries.

Every year, a meeting of the national coordinators is organized, where participants can discuss country reports, best-practices and future development of the project.  

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