Ministry of Water, Forest, the Sea and Environment, Gabon
Professor Lee White CBE is Gabon’s current Minister of Water, Forest, the Sea and Environment in charge of Climate Change and Land-use Plan. Prior to becoming Minister, he served as the Director of the Gabonese National Parks Agency for 10 years having previously spent almost 20 years with the Wildlife Conservation Society, fostering sound governance of natural resources and fighting against illegal fishing, ivory trafficking, gold mining and forestry. White is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling and holds a Ph. D. on forestry’s impact on wildlife and climate change (Zoology) from the University of Edinburgh. In 2010, he was awarded a CBE for his services to conservation in Central Africa. His career in the West and Central African forest belt spans 35 years.