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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.

Gregory Nicholas Daniels

Associate Consultant

South African

Academic Qualifications
BIuris, LLB (UWC)


Professional Qualifications
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Professional associations
Environmental Law Association
International Association of Impact Assessors (Western Cape)

Expertise and experience
Gregory has considered and prepared reports dealing with numerous issues in the SADC region. These include reports on farmers’ rights and the negative impact of plant protection legislation on traditional seed saving practices; the implications of a regional legal register for the control of fishing access to SADC countries’ territorial waters; and an analysis of SADC countries’ public participation processes in environmental impact assessment decision-making and the rights and duties of interested and affected persons in those processes. In addition to these projects, Gregory has reviewed the biosafety and biotechnology laws of countries in the SADC region, reviewed trade agreements in Africa to access their effectiveness in regulating the spread of invasive species, as well as participated in the drafting of a multi-lateral agreement to regulate the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem, and the Intergrated Coastal Management Bill in South Africa.

An experienced trainer, Gregory has assisted and presented several workshops for government officials and lawyers. He also provides ongoing support to the University of Cape Town’s Environmental Evaluation Unit on matters ranging from artisanal fishing to marine protected areas.