Professor Lee White in the subject with Gabon’s President Bongo Ondimba — Photograph: Lee White
The central African state of Gabon has appointed British-born zoologist and conservationist, Professor Lee White CBE, as Minister for Atmosphere, Forest and Oceans.
He was appointed by Prime Minister Julien Nkoghe Bekale on Monday following serving as the Director of the Gabonese National Parks Company (ANPN) for 10 years where by he was liable for marine wildlife conservation and handling 13 nationwide parks covering an space of 3 million hectares, stated the Gabonese presidency.
“More than something, the appointment of a conservationist to the role of Setting Minister is a crystal clear manifestation of the Gabonese government’s willpower to deal with climate adjust and to put the nation’s rich forestry sector on a sustainable footing,” it included.
53-12 months-aged Professor Lee White, who has dual British-Gabonese citizenship, will be dependable for the sustainable development of the country’s forestry and oceans as properly as making sure Gabon meets its self-imposed goal of cutting down greenhouse gasoline emissions, the authorities claimed.
Gabon’s nationwide parks protect 10 per cent of the country’s land mass and the region has a 900 km extend of shoreline teeming with wildlife and exceptional maritime species. The state has tightened its grip towards poaching and unlawful logging right after a wood scandal humiliated the government this calendar year.
The country’s Vice President Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou and Forestry and Ecosystem Minister Person Bertrand Mapangou were sacked by President Ali Bongo Ondimba after 392 containers of the illegally logged kevazingo wooden which ended up seized at the port of Owendo in February and March went missing.
Gabonese authorities stated past thirty day period they had recovered 200 containers. Two Chinese nationals are being held in relation to the situation, and past week the head of customs, Dieudonne Lewamouo, was detained, reports Reuters.
Professor White is the new alternative of the sacked forestry and setting minister.
Professor White is a indigenous of Manchester who was awarded a CBE (the third best honour of the British Empire) in 2011 for providers to conservation in Central Africa. He is also an honorary professor at the College of Stirling.
He has lived in Gabon for 30 yrs and became a Gabonese citizen in 2008. A yr afterwards he was appointed by President Bongo as the nationwide parks agency director employing in excess of 800 team, including a dedicated nationwide parks armed law enforcement force who were beneath his command.
Professor White is also an adviser to the President of Gabon.
“It is an honour to have been named Minister of Forests, Setting and the Sea by President Bongo Ondimba. Now to perform!” he wrote on Twitter.