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About EIA

“Throughout the entire policy-making process, EIA was perceived as the most active and well-known agent, being ascribed [as]…having an expert status on the topic…committed and well-connected…as builder of the [coalition].”
“Divide and Conquer – Discursive agency in the politics of illegal logging in the United States,” Global Environmental Change, November 2015

For over a quarter century, EIA has been recognized by government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and independent journals, like Global Environmental Change above, for its extraordinary work on the ground and at the heart of solving global environmental problems. Our team can be found in the field working with civil society collecting information, deeply entrenched in research and data analysis, and at international negotiating platforms poised to propose solutions that work.

Our interlocking campaign program works to protect threatened wildlife, forests, and our global climate. Divided among these three core areas, we are determined to protect the environment with intelligence.


Protecting the environment with intelligence.

EIA works to achieve tangible changes in the global economy that make local and sustainable management of the world’s natural resources possible.

Working in London since 1984 and in Washington, D.C. since 1989, the Environmental Investigation Agency has identified and implemented specific solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems. Our campaigns to protect endangered wildlife, forests, and the global climate operate at the intersection between increasing global demand and trade and the accelerating loss of natural resources and species. EIA takes advantage of its independence and mobility to produce game-changing primary evidence and analysis of these problems and to build lasting alliances, institutions, and policies to implement solutions.

As a non-profit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) designation, EIA relies on financial support from individual donors and charitable foundations. Donations to EIA are U.S. tax deductible to the full extent of applicable law.


EIA is a different kind of environmental organization with a unique combination of methods: undercover investigations of criminal activity, a wide variety of scientific, economic and social primary evidence, and campaigning expertise are combined to achieve systemic environmental breakthroughs. A thirty-year track record reveals EIA as arguably the most consistently independent, fearless, dynamic and effective NGO working on global environmental issues today.

EIA pioneered the use of investigative techniques, including undercover documentary evidence, to record and expose the world’s most pressing environmental problems thirty years ago. Today we leverage a global intelligence and advocacy network at the highest levels of government, civil society, and industry, combined with deep policy expertise, to spur changes in market demand, local, national and international laws, and enforcement.

We have worked tirelessly to investigate environmental crimes, often in collaboration with our London partner-office, to directly instigate policy changes around the world. Since our founding, we have achieved lasting successes, such as the international ban on ivory trade in 1989 and the passage of the 2008 Lacey Act amendment in the United States.

Our targeted approach in our investigations shape our strategies and provide factual evidence for policymakers and enforcement agencies. Our campaign teams leverage the information we gather on highly organized, large-scale eco-criminal operations with policymakers, the media, and the public.

From remote villages in Latin America and Africa, to the negotiating platforms of the UNFCCC, CITES, and Montreal Protocol, we seek to connect with and empower civil society, facilitate dialogue amongst industry and global leaders, and promote frameworks that protect natural resources, wildlife, and the people that depend on them.

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EIA Board Members:

Allan Thornton, Environmental Investigation Agency, President (Founder)

John Fitzgerald, Society for Conservation Biology, Policy Director

Michael Brintnall, American Political Science Association (APSA), Former Executive Director

Brian B. Cox, MFX Solutions, President and CEO

Janine Ferretti, Inter-American Development Bank, Chief, Environmental Safeguards Unit

Kristin Rechberger, DYNAMIC PLANET - CEO

Contact Us

Mailing address:

Environmental Investigation Agency
PO Box 53343
Washington, D.C. 20009

Email: info@eia-global.org

Phone Number: +1 202 483 6621

Fax: +1 202 986-8626


For nearly 30 years, EIA US has been at the forefront of global environmental protection, campaigning on behalf of threatened wildlife species, forests, and our global climate by exposing environmental crime and other abuse against the natural world. Our unique combination of evidence-gathering and campaigning expertise has achieved many monumental successes. Click on our graphic above to learn more about our history.


EIA is a 501(c)(3) independent, international, non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. See the list below for open positions with the EIA U.S. team. For available opportunities in the UK office, click here.

Technology Developer/Chief Technology Architect – EIA
Updated on 02/04/2019
This new position will be responsible for launching new approaches to integrate information technology development to EIA’s tactics, strategies and solutions.
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Grants and Development Coordinator
Updated on 12/18/2018
EIA seeks an energetic and enthusiastic individual to help implement its engagement with partners on the ground, support management of extant donors, and help fundraise and establish new donor relationships.
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Congo Basin Campaigner, Forest Campaign
Updated on 12/18/2018
EIA uses primary evidence obtained from in-depth research of illegal timber trade flows to push for systemic policy shifts to stem the demand and funding for these illegal activities. Reporting directly to the Africa Program Coordinator, the campaigner will work in close coordination with the members of the Forest Team.
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Policy Analyst, Climate Campaign
Updated on 12/05/2018
EIA is seeking a full-time Policy Analyst for its Climate Campaign, which centers on an award winning efforts to rid the world of the worst climate super-pollutants, including hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) which are thousands of times more destructive than CO2.
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Data Analyst/Campaigner, Forest Campaign
Updated on 10/11/2018
The Data Analyst/Campaigner will be responsible for supporting the EIA Forest Team’s investigations and campaigns through innovative data investigations, analysis, and communication.
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China Program Lead, Forest Campaign
Updated on 09/14/2018
Working in close collaboration with the Director of Forest Campaigns and the Forest team, the China Program Lead will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to halt the flow of illegally logged timber into the Chinese market.
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Campaigner, Africa Program, Forest Campaign
Updated on 09/14/2018
As a member of the Forest Campaign Team, the Africa Program Campaigner will dedicate her/his energy and talents to the planning, execution and evaluation of EIA’s campaigns in Africa.
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