Criteria met: High volume (globally threatened)
Principal trade term to the EU: live, seeds
Percentage of global trade to the EU: 3%
Principal source: wild
Top EU importer: Netherlands
Top Trading Partner: United States, Madagascar
CITES Appendix: II
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
EU imports in 2010 were all wild-sourced and traded for commercial purposes, consisting of 1000 live plants imported from Madagascar via the United States, and 1000 kg of seeds imported directly from Madagascar.
R. rivularis was listed in the CITES Appendices on 13/02/03, and was listed in the EU Annexes later the same year. The only other imports of the species reported by the EU since its listing were three live plants in 2004 and 200 live plants in 2008, all of which were wild-sourced. R. rivularis was selected for the CITES Review of Significant Trade process following CoP14 and was categorised as Possible Concern at the 19th meeting of the Plants Committee in April 2011; Madagascar was recommended to put in place a conservative export quota for live, wild-sourced plants and seeds within six months and to prepare a draft management plan for trade in wild palm seeds within nine months.