Ms. Birgitta Liss Lymer manages the UNDP/SIWI support to the European Water Initiative – Africa Working Group. The European Water Initiative was launched at the WSSD in 2002 to mobilise and co-ordinate EU resources to achieve water-related MDGs in partner countries. Its Africa Working Group is responsible for implementing the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership on water affairs and sanitation, launched with the Johannesburg Declaration in 2002. The purpose is to achieve an effective joint Africa-Europe contribution to the achievement of water-related goals in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ms. Liss Lymer has several years of experience in the field of water management from both Africa and Asia, ranging from water and sanitation to coastal management and fisheries. Through her work for a number of United Nations organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), she has developed strong project management skills and a good understanding for the processes in international and intergovernmental cooperation. Over the years, Ms Liss Lymer has worked directly with a number of countries in Western and Eastern Africa as well as South East and East Asia.
Ms. Liss Lymer holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Aquatic and Environmental Engineering from Uppsala University. In 2003, she joined UNICEF Somalia and its section on water and environmental sanitation where she managed the field implementation of a large number of projects. In 2004, she moved to UNEP where she stayed for almost four years, working with regional cooperation under its Regional Seas Programme for East Asia. Before joining SIWI, Ms Liss Lymer also spent almost two years with the FAO/UNEP/GEF project “Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem”, to strengthen West African management of coastal and marine living resources.