Environmental Investigation Agency UK (EIA)


Mission Statement

Our mission is to protect the natural world by:
  • Exposing environmental destruction and loss of biodiversity through uncompromising and innovative investigations
  • Using this evidence and research to uncover environmental crimes and abuses and those responsible
  • Campaigning for protection of the environment through better enforcement of environmental law, progressive policy-making and changes in consumer behaviour
  • Developing effective partnerships and sharing skills and expertiseWe investigate and campaign against environmental crime and abuse.


Our focus is the protection of wildlife, forests, ocean and climate.  We turn the evidence we gather in the field into expert reports targeted at authorities who can make a difference, and campaign for improved governance and effective enforcement. Our four programmes of work are interrelated and help address the overarching issues of climate change and loss of biodiversity. The protection of existing old growth forests is paramount if forests as a climate solution are to succeed. Furthermore, the loss of forest animals leads to crashes in forest carbon as large tropical tree species often rely on large animals for seed dispersal and regeneration.  Solving the problem of deforestation and habitat loss for endangered species are therefore a prerequisite for any effective response to climate change. Wherever they live, elephants leave dung full of seeds from the many plants they eat. Similarly, whale or dolphin faeces are nutrient rich and provide food to phytoplankton, which grow, spread and serve as effective absorption shields for CO2. The Ocean absorbs 35% of all CO2 produced on the planet and marine plants produce at least half of the oxygen we breathe. Elephants and cetaceans are of paramount importance to life on earth!

Program Details

We investigate and campaign against environmental crime and abuse.
Our undercover investigations expose transnational wildlife crime, with a focus on elephants, pangolins and tigers and forest crimes such as illegal logging and deforestation for cash crops such as palm oil. We work to safeguard global marine ecosystems by addressing the threats posed by plastic pollution, bycatch and commercial exploitation of whales, dolphins and porpoises. Finally, we reduce the impact of climate change by campaigning to eliminate powerful refrigerant greenhouse gases, exposing related illicit trade and improving energy efficiency in the cooling sector. We use our findings in expert reports to campaign for improved governance and more effective enforcement.
Our field experience is used to provide guidance to enforcement agencies and we form partnerships with local groups and activists and support their work through hands-on training.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Secondary Issue
62-63 Upper Street
London, London N1 0NY
United Kingdom
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