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Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Garden is the result of the reclamation of the former PT Newmont Minahasa Raya (PT NMR) mining land, but it is now facing the threat of smallholder mining. For years, residents have relied on the mining resources from the earth in Bukit Mesel Ratatotok for their source of income.
Despite the physical dangers of mining which threaten the miners' lives, they continue the practice. Mining accidents and theft from neighboring mining pits are practices that have become commonplace. Miners know it is dangerous, but they rely on the practice to make ends meet.