Policy & Legality

EIA has achieved major policy victories that address the international illegal trade and consumption in timber, wildlife and climate harming super pollutants, including improved landmark protections for a number of species, increased enforcement measures and reducing or stopping major global illegal trade flows and emissions. Our investigations and evidence-based campaigns help inform the development of progressive environmental policies that can be monitored and enforced. With groundbreaking research and data analysis, we provide quality evidence from the field that has consistently elicited action from enforcement officials, policy-makers, industry actors, and consumers. 

The nexus between habitat loss, species commodification and financial crime has garnered increased attention of late; governments realize the vast revenues they’re losing to corruption, money laundering and tax evasion in the natural resources sectors. Our work has contributed to and fostered international enforcement cooperation and helped strengthen regional cooperation to address cross-border smuggling of flora and fauna, seeking improved governance and legally respected and protected local and indigenous communities.

Related Resources


Parcelando la Amazonía

La deforestación para la agroindustria a escala industrial, en particular para instalar monocultivos de palma aceitera y cacao, es un problema cada vez mayor en Perú.


Carving Up the Amazon

Industrial-scale agribusiness, particularly palm oil and cocoa, is driving deforestation in the most densely-forested regions of the Peruvian Amazon.


The Dictator’s Door

Our new investigation into crimes in Equatorial Guinea's forests suggests that Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement chain, and Jeld-Wen, the self-declared largest door and window manufacturer in the world, have violated the US Lacey Act for years through their failure to conduct proper due care to ensure they do not use illegally sourced wood.