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Penambang Rakyat Nikmati Hijaunya Kebun Raya Megawati Soekarnoputri

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Kawasan eks tambang emas PT Newmont Minahasa Raya (NMR) di Minahasa Tenggara, Sulawesi Utara telah...

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Miners in Ratatotok on their way home from the mine site. Image by Finneke Wolajan/Tribun Manado. Indonesia, 2021.

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The town of Bukit Mesel in Ratatotok, Indonesia looks very different from what it once did since the reclamation of the former mining area of PT Newmont Minahasa Raya (PT NMR).

An area of 221 hectares that was once barren and arid is now verdant with trees. But not everyone in the community has felt satisfied with the benefits of the reclamation.

In accordance with its plan, the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Garden provides benefits including plant conservation, research, education, tourism and environmental services. But some of the population around the botanical gardens have not felt the benefits.

In fact, after the PT NMR mining area officially left Ratatotok, more and more people took up traditional unlicensed mining in that location.

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The location where local small miners have set up in the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Gardens. Image by Finneke Wolajan/Tribun Manado. Indonesia, 2021.
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Local miners in Bukit Messel Ratatotok at Lubang Nibong. Miners claim this area falls outside of the protected Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Gardens. Image by Finneke Wolajan/Tribun Manado. Indonesia, 2021.
a mining site in the forest
A location used by local miners in the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Gardens. Image by Finneke Wolajan/Tribun Manado. Indonesia, 2021.

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