Supporting Environmental Defenders

The future of the world’s forests is intimately tied to the struggle of  forest-dependent indigenous and local communities. EIA is supporting  their fight to secure land rights, monitor and manage their forests, and  equitably participate in decisions on  forest governance. Local communities and their individual members, who are on the front lines of illegal logging and large-scale deforestation driven by agribusiness, are the victims of multiple threats and aggressions. Building on our partnerships with communities and community leaders around the world, EIA is supporting environmental defenders, by amplifying their voices, exposing the threats against them, helping mitigate the real life risks they face, and when necessary offer quick response in tragically common life-or-death situations.

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Despite growing global attention, defenders continue to confront ongoing threats to their lives and livelihoods, as well as an eroding trust in local and national authorities. As forest communities around the world face increasing incursions into their territories and theft of their natural resources, there is an ever-present need for greater means of communication, monitoring, and protection.

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Letters

Letter: Open Letter to President Castillo from the Inter-Ethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP)

Given the current situation, the Inter-Ethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (Aidesep), representing more than 1800 communities, 109 federations and 9 regions, states the following: Three weeks ago in a radio program, the now premier, Hector Valer accused indigenous peoples of being “tenacious landowners”, and “paralyzing the national economy”, proposed to convert […]

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Open Letter to President Castillo from the Inter-Ethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP)

Peru’s indigenous peoples have sent a strong public letter to Peru’s President, Pedro Castillo, protesting the appointment of the new president of the cabinet, Hector Valer, who has a public trajectory of attacking, insulting and criminalizing indigenous peoples. In its letter, the Inter-Ethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP) refers to Valer’s […]

Letters

Open Letter to the 117th Congress and Biden-Harris Administration Urging Support for the FOREST Act

Open Letter to the 117th Congress and Biden-Harris Administration Urging Support for the FOREST Act as a Critical Tool to Help Tackle Deforestation and Associated Crime October 6, 2021 The undersigned organizations urge Congress and the Biden-Harris administration to swiftly enact the Fostering Overseas Rule of Law and Environmentally Sound Trade (FOREST) Act led by […]

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Has HS Timber Achieved Full Traceability?

    HS Timber, formerly Holzindustrie Schweighofer, is an Austrian company that is the largest timber processor in Romania. Following a year-long investigation into widespread allegations of illegal timber purchasing, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) disassociated itself from HS Timber in 2017. The first requirement the FSC set for HS Timber’s reassociation was for the […]

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The Origin App

EIA Launches Mobile App to Help Consumers Seek and Demand Wood Product Origin Information to Achieve Greater Supply Chain Transparency Washington D.C. — Today, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) launched The Origin App, a mobile application that empowers people to make better choices about what and from whom they buy. EIA believes that people deserve […]

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International Earth Day 2021

This Earth Day EIA joins 100+ civil society and indigenous organizations on a public statement demanding the government of Peru to take urgent measures to guarantee the protection of defenders of the environment and human rights. Read the statement