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; 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.

Related Resources

Report

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.

Report

Failing the Forest

This report presents new findings from eight years of EIA investigation into the timber supply chains that connect crimes in the Congo Basin forests to consumers in the United States.

Letters

Por la Protección de los Bosques y Derechos Humanos en la Amazonía Peruana

Durante las últimas semanas en el Perú, algunos medios de prensa televisiva y escrita y sus redes sociales han iniciado una fuerte campaña de difamación. En respuesta, 9 organizaciones indígenas, 47 organizaciones de sociedad civil y 109 ciudadanos conocedores del tema, hemos firmado un pronunciamiento público expresando nuestro respaldo a los difamados y nuestro rechazo a la impunidad corporativa.

Letters

For the Protection of Forests and Human Rights in the Peruvian Amazon

9 Indigenous organizations, 47 civil society organizations and 109 knowledgeable citizens have signed a public statement expressing our support for Indigenous leaders, environmental defenders, civil society representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) targeted by a defamation campaign in Peru.