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Our investigations expose forest crime and promote policy solutions to eliminate illegally sourced wood products and commodities grown on deforested land from global markets.

Documenting and exposing crimes in forests around the globe, EIA works to reform forest governance and shut down networks that trade in illicit wood products and agricultural commodities driving deforestation
Objectives:
  • Uncover the illegal timber trade and expansion of agricultural commodities devastating the forests of the Congo Basin, West Africa, and Madagascar
  • Reveal the scale of illegal logging and corruption in Russia and Romania, and build momentum for improved enforcement and forest sector reform
  • Curb illegal logging, and stop deforestation caused by the production of commodities such as palm oil across Peru, Colombia, and Honduras
  • Expose evidence of illegal timber supply chains in China and Japan, and promote solutions
Enacting and enforcing strong laws against illegal timber and timber products trade in the United States, and other key consumer markets, reduces illegal logging and supports governance reform in forest countries.
Objectives:
Identifying and investigating high-risk sources of timber and agricultural commodities in specific sectors leads us to their final destination, where we leverage legal mechanisms in market countries to clean up supply chains.
Objectives:
  • Understand and track changes in the global marketplace for logs, sawn timber, and finished wood products in order to bring focus to specific governance failures and demand side pressure causing illegal timber trade flows
  • Establish protection for threatened high-value tree species being rapidly depleted by profit-seekers
  • Track the expansion of largescale agricultural commodity development that threatens forest governance and preservation in emerging frontier areas, particularly oil palm plantations
  • Support civil society and local communities in forest countries to defend themselves against land rights violations and other human rights abuses
Creating space and elevating the voices of people who live in and depend upon forests and have real-time, important information and proposals to defend them.
Objectives:
  • Build capacity for local, community-based organizations to document forest abuses and effectively advocate for solutions
  • Support community monitoring projects through strategic partnerships, such as the Veeduría Forestal in Peru
  • Improve the flow of information between community monitors and enforcement officials, advocates, journalists, or companies seeking to reduce forest crimes and ensure legal trade

Recent Blog Posts

Fighting illegal logging in Peru: The Full Story
10/27/2017
Last week, the United States blocked timber imports from Peruvian exporter Inversiones La Orosa for up to three years, due to massive amounts of illegal wood in one of their shipments.
On World Rhino Day, EIA Calls for an End to All Rhino Horn Trade
09/22/2017
To protect rhinos, domestic rhino horn markets must be shut down and pro-trade arguments must be abandoned.

Recent Reports

"Open Door" to Traffickers - An EIA/AVG briefing about Malagasy rosewoods, ebonies and palisanders for CITES SC69
11/24/2017
EIA/AVG concur with Madagascar that “much remains to be done” in the implementation of the CITES action plan on Malagasy ebonies (Diospyros spp.), palisanders and rosewoods (Dalbergia spp.).
EIA's 2016 Annual Report
11/22/2017
EIA's official 2016 Annual Report includes a complete financial report as well as the major accomplishments achieved by each of our three core campaigns.

Recent Press Releases

Historic Endangered Timber Smuggling Case Revealed Between Nigeria and China
11/09/2017
One of the largest timber smuggling operations in history is revealed today by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) in a report that shows how over 1.4 million illegal rosewood logs from Nigeria, worth US$300 million, were laundered into China.
Strong USTR Action Adds to Increasingly Serious Consequences for International Timber Smugglers
10/20/2017
EIA welcomes the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) action to deny timber imports for the next three years from Peruvian company, Inversiones La Oroza.

Recent Videos

The 'S' Files
02/16/2017
EIA's series of videos exposing Holzindustrie Schweighofer's involvement in illegal logging in Romania,
The 'S' Files, Case #3: Depot Deception
12/21/2016
The latest in EIA's video series, The 'S' Files, Depot Deception shows that Holzindustrie Schweighofer, one of the largest timber companies in Europe, appears to be systematically...

Impact and Results

  • Spurred international attention and action on the Peruvian forest sector’s rampant illegality in The Laundering Machine (2012) and supported participation of indigenous and local partners in advocacy around revised forestry laws and regulations.

  • Exposed for first time pervasive corruption and illegality in Honduran forests by working with local partners, generating new political will for reform of the country’s forest law.

  • Helped establish measures against the massive flows of illegally-logged rosewood and ebony out of Madagascar by bringing international spotlight to surging rosewood demand.

  • Monitored implementation of unprecedented Forest Governance Annex to reform the Peruvian forest sector in the bilateral Peru Trade Promotion Agreement with the United States.

  • Increased attention to the issue of illegal logging and associated trade by China’s government, acknowledging that China plays a role in the international illegal timber trade and is participating in the international dialogue to address illegal timber imports

  • Supported allies in local civil society, shared experiences, and advanced policy reform in Australia and Japan.

  • Revealed critical loopholes in EUTR regarding timber sourcing within Europe by illustrating the role of EU demand in fueling illegal logging in Romania’s forests.

  • Brought systematic evidence of illegal logging to the Romanian and international public, stimulating political changes to address illegal logging and corruption among the Romanian government and powerful companies.

  • In-depth investigative reporting on the illegal timber trade in Russia’s “wild east” led to the central government newly focused on stopping illegal logging and related organized crime in remote eastern Russia, evidenced by a new roundwood law instituting stronger controls on tracking timber along supply chains.

  • Following the profile of Russian oak (Quercus mongolica) and Manchurian ash (Fraxinus mandshurica) in EIA’s report Liquidating the Forests, Russia led an effort to list these species on CITES Appendix III to combat illegal international trade in these species.

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