Forests

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.;
  • 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.

Related Resources

Press Release

Pueblos Indígenas presentan queja contra empresa Holandesa por deforestación ilegal en la Amazonía Peruana

LA HAYA, 1o DE DICIEMBRE DE 2022 – Hoy, los/las líderes y lideresas indígenas de AIDESEP y FECONAU presentaron una denuncia ante el Punto Nacional de Contacto (PNC) de las Directrices para Empresas Multinacionales de la OCDE en los Países Bajos contra Louis Dreyfus Company B.V., una compañía holandesa líder en el comercio de productos […]

Press Release

Indigenous peoples file complaint against Dutch trader over illegal deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon

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Hope for Colombia’s forests: Civil society, Government and lawmakers take measures against illegal cattle ranching and deforestation

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European Parliament Biomass RED Vote Reaction Statement

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