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.

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Letters

EIA Comments on NOAA Draft Climate Science Regional Action Plan

EIA submits public comments on NOAA’s draft Gulf of Alaska Climate Science Regional Action Plan for 2022-24. These comments specifically address NOAA’s role to investigate current health status, reduce anthropogenic threats, and increase protection measures for critically endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales in order to promote future recovery for this highly depleted population. Download the […]

Report

EIA Briefing to the 90th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund (MLF)

This briefing outlines EIA’s views and recommendations on proposed HCFC phase-out management plans (HPMPs) and the updated reports provided by China on issues relevant to unexplained emissions of CFC-11 and other controlled substances under discussion at the 90th ExCom. I. HCFC phase-out Management Plans Stage II HPMPs in the Servicing Sector (Docs 90/19, 21, 27ri, […]

Press Release

The End of the Rosewood Racket in West Africa Announced Today

Washington, DC – The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) commends today’s announcement to immediately suspend international trade in Pterocarpus erinaceus from West Africa under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The historic move to ban trade in what has become the world’s most trafficked wildlife commodity applies to […]

Report

EIA Briefing to the 89th meeting (Part 1) of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund

This briefing outlines EIA’s views and recommendations on two substantive issues under discussion at the 89th meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund (MLF). Review of Institutional Strengthening Projects, Including Funding Levels Document 89/4 recognises the major contribution and the relevance of institutional strengthening (IS) support in the achievement of A5 countries […]

Letters

Letter: NGOs Urge Tokyo to Implement Advisory Council’s Recommendations on Ivory Trade

EIA and 26 international non-government environmental and conservation organizations sent a letter May 10, 2022, following up on previous letters and appeals to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), to urge TMG to follow through on its commitment and take action to address concerns about Tokyo’s ivory trade by implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Council. The […]

Blog

Modernized Safety Standard: A Crucial Milestone for Clean Cooling

Continued use of refrigerants containing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super greenhouse gases thousands of times more potent than CO2, is fueling the climate crisis. With the global stock of household air conditioners expected to triple by 2050, it is critical for this sector to be HFC-free and energy efficient. A crucial milestone was reached this week for […]