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Biodiversity in the Former PT Newmont Minahasa Raya's Mining Land (bahasa Indonesia)

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Reclaiming the former PT Newmont Minahasa Raya (NMR) gold mining area in Southeast Minahasa, North...

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The ex-mining land of PT Newmont Minahasa Raya has now been reclaimed and has become the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Garden. Image by Finneke Wolajan/Tribun Manado. Indonesia, 2021.

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The reclamation of the ex-mining land of PT Newmont Minahasa Raya (PT NMR), which is now a botanical garden, has had a big impact on biodiversity in an area of 221 hectares located in Bukit Mesel, Ratatotok, Southeast Minahasa, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Biodiversity in this reclaimed forest is high, with 83 species of understorey plants, 53 species of pole-level plants, and 55 species of tree-level plants. The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) said there were 66 species of plants resulting from revegetation in Megawati Soekarnoputri Gardens.

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The ex-mining land of PT Newmont Minahasa Raya has now been reclaimed and has become the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Garden. Image by Finneke Wolajan/Tribun Manado. Indonesia, 2021.
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The ex-mining land of PT Newmont Minahasa Raya has now been reclaimed and has become the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Garden. Image by Finneke Wolajan/Tribun Manado. Indonesia, 2021.
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The ex-mining land of PT Newmont Minahasa Raya has now been reclaimed and has become the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Garden. Image by Finneke Wolajan/Tribun Manado. Indonesia, 2021.
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The ex-mining land of PT Newmont Minahasa Raya has now been reclaimed and has become the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Garden. Image by Finneke Wolajan/Tribun Manado. Indonesia, 2021.

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