The Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector (EMWIS, in French SEMIDE) is an initiative of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership initiated by a Ministerial conference on fresh water in 1996.
SEMIDE provides a strategic tool for exchanging information and knowledge in the water sector between and within the 43 Euro Mediterranean countries of the Union for the Mediterranean. It is a institutional network of Ministries in charge of inland water management. SEMIDE was a key pillar of the MEDA-Water programme (2002-2008) and is involved in the support mechanism of SWIM II (Sustainable Water Management in the Mediterranean, 2016-2019). In addition, SEMIDE has being translating the EU Water Frame Directive principles and the European Union Water Initiative lessons as well as European water innovation practices to the southern Mediterranean countries (Northern Africa and Middle-East). SEMIDE is part of the consultation bodies for the Mediterranean Water Strategy and the Strategy for Water in the Western Mediterranean (WSWM). In the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean, SEMIDE is developing the Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform to support the effective implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management in the region with all the stakeholders.
4PRIMA role: International partner, in charge of developing and maintening 4PRIMA website as well as ensuring linkages of PRIMA with the Euro-Med water community.