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Leilem Plant Becomes Icon of Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Gardens (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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Leilem Jadi Ikon Tumbuhan di Kebun Raya Megawati Soekarnoputri
The ex-mining land of PT Newmont Minahasa Raya has now been reclaimed and has been converted into the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Gardens. Image by Finneke Wolajan/Tribun Manado. Indonesia, 2021.

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The Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Gardens cover an area of 221 hectares which was formerly occupied by the PT Newmont Minahasa Raya mine.

Messel Hill in Ratatotok, Southeast Minahasa, North Sulawesi, was reclaimed by PT Newmont Minahasa Raya (PT NMR), and this reclaimed forest later became the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Gardens.

The vision behind the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Garden is "to become the world's leading botanical garden in the field of conserving the Wallacea area for its sustainable use."


A Leilem plant. Image courtesy of Special Research and Development Agency and Innovation of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Manado. Indonesia.

The ex-mining land of PT Newmont Minahasa Raya has now been reclaimed and has been converted into the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Gardens. Image by Finneke Wolajan. Indonesia, 2021.

The ex-mining land of PT Newmont Minahasa Raya has now been reclaimed and has been converted into the Megawati Soekarnoputri Botanical Gardens. Image by Finneke Wolajan. Indonesia, 2021.

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