2010 Summary for Varanus salvator (Water Monitor)
Criteria met: High volume
Principal trade term to the EU: skins
Principal source: wild
Top EU importer: France
Top Trading Partner: Singapore
CITES Appendix: II
IUCN Status: Least Concern
EU imports in 2010 primarily comprised skins, all of which were wild-sourced and traded for commercial purposes (73,924 skins). Imports of wild-sourced skins increased by 35% between 2009 and 2010.
The vast majority of the wild-sourced skins originated in Malaysia (53%) and Indonesia (47%). A positive opinion has been in place for Indonesia since 23/06/1999 (reconfirmed 29/02/2008); for Malaysia, a positive opinion has been in place since 05/09/2002, which was reconfirmed 02/12/2011 (with the exception of Sabah and Sarawak, for which the positive opinion was removed).