Investigations

For over thirty years EIA has exposed the most powerful actors behind environmental crime that harms our planet and its communities. Our investigative methods have provided evidence for some of the most high-profile and successful environmental prosecutions in history and have formed the basis for movements successfully calling for systemic change. Complementary to the intelligence produced from our investigations, our diplomacy and advocacy efforts have initiated and catalyzed international momentum for change. 

 

Our Method

IDENTIFY

Determine where markets undermine efforts around the world to protect the environment.

DOCUMENT

Investigate the problem through the regular use of news gathering techniques including on-the-ground undercover field operations to collect compelling evidence, and identify the demand and supply-side causes.

ADVOCATE

Leverage our evidence to inform the public through mass media, support frontline defenders, generate seizures and prosecutions and influence policy.  

SHAPE SOLUTIONS

Work with partners to develop innovative, achievable, and lasting measures to solve the problem on whatever scale necessary.

IMPLEMENT & FOLLOW-UP

Carry out strategic, alliance-based campaigning to institute lasting solutions.

 

Featured Work

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Poached Timber

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Red Alert

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Indirect suppliers: Lack of full supply chain traceability exposes Colombia’s supermarkets to illegal deforestation

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Orangutans in Crisis

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US Company Pleads Guilty to Importing Illegal Timber from Peru

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