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About our logo
Our logo is based on an ancient symbol called “the seed of life” or “the seed of the universe”.  It shows a spiral of potential energy within a sphere symbolising the Universe.  Our logo reminds us that creativity and life flows from the dynamic balance created by the constant ebb and flow of opposing energies and that our lives and work should reflect this fundamental principle.  It also represents the creative energy of our organisation and our commitment to designing strategies and governance systems that are holistic, balanced, and consistent with the greater natural systems within which we exist.

Services

We offer our clients expert advice and assistance in:
 
Policies, strategies and action plans
We have drafted, or assisted in the development of:
  • a national framework for sustainable development for South Africa;
  • the national environmental policy of Swaziland;
  • a ballast water policy for South Africa;
  • the Cape Action Plan for People and the Environment (CAPE) strategy and action plan to conserve the Cape Floral Kingdom;
  • the Western Cape Coastal Management Programme;
  • the Wild Coast Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan; and
  • the forest sector strategy and action plan for Surinam.
 
Institutional design and reform
We have advised on institutional development in relation to:
  • transboundary areas (e.g. international institutional structures for the joint management of Lake Tanganyika, the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem, and the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Area), and the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP);
  • environmental management and conservation (Malta, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland);
  • integrated coastal management (South Africa and Eritrea);
  • development planning and control systems that integrate land use planning, environment and heritage impact assessment (Western Cape & North West Province, South Africa); and
  • forestry (Surinam).
 
Legal drafting and writing
We have drafted a range of governance-related documents for many countries and international organisations including:


1. Treaties

  • the Interim Agreement for the establishment of the Benguela Current Commission;
  • the draft Benguela Current Convention;
  • the Convention for the Sustainable Management of Lake Tanganyika; and
  • the SADC Forests Protocol.

    2. National, provincial and municipal legislation

South Africa:

  • Integrated Coastal Management Bill to implement the White Paper for Sustainable Coastal Development in South Africa;
  • Promotion of Sustainable Development Bill to provide for the integration of environmental, planning and heritage considerations into one integrated decision-making process for land use authorisations (Western Cape Province);
  • Biodiversity Conservation Bill and Regulations (Western Cape Province)
  • Waste Prevention and Management Bill (KwaZulu-Natal Province);
  • Air pollution control by-laws (City of Cape Town);
  • Environmental health by-laws and public open space by-laws (City of Johannesburg).

Swaziland:

  • framework Environment Management Act and regulations on environmental impact assessment, waste, water pollution control, air pollution control and integrated pollution control;

Eritrea:

  • Proclamation of an Exclusive Economic Zone, a Fisheries Act and regulations, and the first draft of regulations for the protection of the marine environment;

Malawi:

  • Pesticides Act and regulations;

Malaysia:

  • aquaculture legislation and codes of practice for shrimp aquaculture;

Malta:

  • Plant Quarantine Act and regulations; and
  • framework Environment Act;

Namibia:

  • Parks and Wildlife Bill regulating protected areas and all indigenous flora and fauna in Namibia, and
  • Pollution Control and Waste Management Bill;

Surinam:

  • Aquaculture Act; and
  • amendments to Forestry Act;

Cyprus:

  • regulations to protect fish health and to regulate the inspection and quality control of fish products

Ancillary legal and policy documents

We have drafted a wide range of manuals, legislative guides, guidelines, and explanatory memoranda, policies, cabinet memoranda, strategies, action plans, permit forms, and compliance notices. (See Publications)

 

Legal studies, handbooks and guidelines.
We have prepared a range of such publications, including:

  1. a guide to the environmental laws of Swaziland;
  2. a compendium of the marine fisheries laws of the SADC region;
  3. a guide to public participation in environmental impact assessment processes in the SADC region;
  4. a guide to environmental decision-making for provincial and municipal officials in South Africa;
  5. a Guide to the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union;
  6. a Handbook for the Implementation of Environmental Legislation for use by the countries that wish to join the EU;
  7. a Study examining the Legal Constraints to the Emergence of Efficient Domestic Agricultural Markets in Developing Countries and Countries in Transition (FAO);
  8. the Legal and Institutional Aspects of Integrated Coastal Area Management (FAO); and
  9. a Comparative Study of Legal and Administrative Measures to Restrict, Regulate or Benefit from the Ownership or Use of Land by Foreigners (FAO).
 
Training and capacity building
Our staff have:

1) lectured on a part-time or visiting lecturer basis at the University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies); the University of Cape Town, the University of KwaZulu Natal,Schumacher College (UK), Schumacher College (UK), the Luxembourg Business School;

2) given guest lectures at many universities in the USA, United Kingdom and
South Africa; and

3) conducted numerous workshops and training courses for government officials in many countries, including: Estonia, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, South Africa, Surinam, Swaziland, Zambia.