Illegal logging in the Russian Far East is of particular concern because the forests are home to the last 450 wild Siberian tigers. The Lumber Liquidators case was investigated jointly by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by the Department of Justice under the name “Operation Oakenshield.”


Europe’s consumption habits and policy decisions have major impacts on the global climate and protection of natural resources. EIA’s unique approach identifies and exposes illicit supply chains that enter European markets, while advocating for the passage and enforcement of key legislation that aims to improve or halt these supply chains.

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