Our investigations expose forest crime and promote policy solutions to eliminate illegally sourced wood products and commodities grown on deforested land from global markets.
- 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
- Implement and enforce the U.S. Lacey Act, the EU Timber Regulation, and Australia’s Illegal Logging Prohibition Act
- Promote new strategies in China, Japan and other important markets to shut down the global demand for illegal timber
- Ensure protections for high-value, threatened and endangered species in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
- Influence multilateral trade agreements and international forest and climate policy initiatives to ensure support for good forest governance and law enforcement
- 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
- 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
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.