Methods

EIA's Edge

We are a different kind of nonprofit environmental organization. Our methods are unique and our success rate far outweighs our size.

Undercover investigations: For over a quarter century EIA has pioneered the use of undercover investigations, including audio and video recordings, to expose environmental crime. From the forests of Indonesia, Madagascar and Siberia, to the coastal seas of Japan, the evidence we unearth has galvanized governments into action.

Rigorous research: We combine our undercover evidence with rigorous research, using hard-hitting reports to trigger action by governments, businesses and the international community. Our 2012 report on rampant illegal logging in Peru’s tropical forests triggered a vow for action from the Peruvian Cabinet within five days of publication.

International advocacy:  Over almost 30 years, EIA has built up a strong record of influencing outcomes at key forums including the Montreal Protocol, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the UN Convention for the Protection of Endangered Species (CITES). Examples include such conservation landmarks as the 1989 ban on international trade in elephant ivory and the 2008 U.S. Lacey Act amendment – the world’s first ban on illegally sourced timber imports.

EIA's Impact

1.012 billion estimated metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2e)  prevented from polluting the atmosphere due to a global fall in logging triggered in part by EIA campaigns.  Read more here

235,000 social media sign-ups backing EIA’s demand that Amazon ban sales of whale products from its Japanese site. The ads were withdrawn 24 hours after our expose. Read more here 

97 ozone-depleting chemicals almost completely phased out worldwide by December 31 2010 – due in part to EIA’s campaigning and investigations.

2008, U.S. Congress enacts the Lacey Act, the world’s first import ban on illegally sourced wood, triggered by an NGO-industry coalition led by EIA. Read more here

30 million, volume of whale meat cans a year withdrawn from sale by Japan’s three biggest seafood companies.

43, current industry and NGO members of the groundbreaking Forest Legality Alliance led by EIA and the World Resources Institute. Read more here