The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), based in the UK, was established in 1984 to investigate and campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife and the destruction of the natural environment. Working undercover to expose international crime, EIA has brought about changes in international laws and government policies, thus saving the lives of millions of endangered animals and putting a stop to the devastating effects wrought by environmental criminals.
Their track record of undercover work, scientific documentation and representation at international conventions has earned EIA a worldwide reputation for highly effective and successful campaigning. Within four weeks of the launch of a major campaign in the UK media, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United States announced an immediate ban on African elephant ivory - a success, which was followed by the international community in 1989. In a series of innovative investigations, EIA proved the existence of a thriving black market in Chlorofluorocarbons and halons and named the culprits. As a result, strong measures are being adopted by governments to stop the illegal trade in these substances.
EIA uses global investigations, research and campaigns to back up lobbying of governments, organizations and individuals to end the international trade in bear and tiger parts and their derivatives. EIA is currently campaigning for the continuation of the International Whaling Commission moratorium on commercial whaling and an immediate suspension of commercial whaling in Japan and Norway.
EIA also documents and exposes illegal activities by timber and plantation companies, and aims to ensure that international investments and demands for timber, paper and other products do not harm forests in any part of the world.