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September 1, 2020, 12.23 AM

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Walhi noted that 611 mining companies control 1,261,316 hectares out of Bangka Belitung’s 1,642,423 hectares of land, 68 percent of which are controlled by large corporations.

The NGO estimated that Bangka Belitung lost more than 320,000 hectares of arable land and forests to mining over the past 10 years. They noted that deforestation for mines has left the province vulnerable to floods, drought and other natural disasters.

Bangka Belitung has been known for its abundant tin reserves even before Indonesia's independence in 1945. 

(Writer: Heru Dahnur | Editors: Abba Gabrillin, Khairina)


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