Forests are being lost at an alarming rate around the globe, much of it due to illegal logging and forest conversion for agricultural commodities,  often fueled by international demand and global markets. EIA conducts ground-breaking investigations to document and expose forest crimes and works in alliance with local partners to support environmental defenders and to strengthen the rights of forest communities. We focus on evidence-based campaigns to achieve policy and regulatory reform that transform entire sectors, and work to increase transparency in global supply chains through the deployment of innovative technology.

Forest Campaign Goals

We aim to secure a future in which forests around the world are governed more equitably, transparently, and responsibly. To work towards this future, we:

  • Institute reform and law enforcement in forest countries to establish forest governance based on the rights and self determination of indigenous peoples and local communities;
  • Transform global trade and consumption patterns to eliminate deforestation and human rights violations from international supply chains; and
  • Increase accountability and deter environmental crimes through transparency and traceability in commodity supply chains and transparent trade data.

Forest Campaign Impact

EIA has a wealth of experience working to understand and transform illegal deforestation, associated supply chains, and key factors that facilitate illicit sourcing and trade. In collaboration with our in-country partners, EIA has exposed root causes of major environmental problems, driven instrumental regulatory changes on both production and demand sides, institutionalized groundbreaking transparent traceability systems, and helped catalyze people-powered initiatives and movements.

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Traffickers at the Starting Blocks

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Embarcando Florestas

A investigação plurianual da Agência de Investigação Ambiental (EIA) em Moçambique indica que o comércio de madeira, impulsionado por milhões de dólares em exportações anuais para a China, viola a proibição de exportação de toros ao mesmo tempo que financia insurgentes violentos na província de Cabo Delgado.


Quem Comprou o Gado Ilegal do Território Apyterewa?

Nosso novo relatório identifica ações urgentes que o governo brasileiro, seus principais parceiros comerciais e as empresas de carne devem tomar para dissociar a pecuária do desmatamento e do crime na Amazônia e em outros biomas ameaçados no Brasil.


Who Bought Apyterewa’s Illegal Cattle?

EIA follows the path of illegally raised cattle from the Apyterewa Indigenous Territory into the supply chains of major meat companies. The report identifies urgent actions to decouple cattle ranching from deforestation and crime in the Brazilian Amazon.


Shipping the Forest

EIA’s multi-year investigation reveals how the timber trade between Mozambique and China, reliant upon major global shipping lines, finances violent insurgents and violates log export bans.