Agincourt Resources Undertakes In-situ Conservation for Native Plants in Batangtoru

Feb 1, 2024

In an ongoing commitment to biodiversity preservation, Agincourt Resources collaborated with the University of North Sumaetra (USU) in 2022 to conduct a vegetation analysis within the Martabe Gold Mine area. The survey covered various locations, including Pit Purnama, Tailings Management Facility (TMF) West and East, Pit Ramba Joring, Tor Uluala, and Basalt Quarry. This vegetation analysis is integral to in-situ conservation, aiming to safeguard genetic resources within the natural populations of plants or animals.  

The results of the vegetation analysis identified 306 tree species in the Martabe Gold Mine area, distributed across different growth levels. The highest number of tree species was observed at the tree level, totaling 238 species, while the lowest count was at the seedling level, with 154 species.  

Critical species were also recognized, such as Aquilaria malaccensis, Shorea johorensis, and Shorea platycarpa. These critically categorized trees comprise commercially valuable species, yielding agarwood in the case of Aquilaria malaccensis and luxury wood for both Shorea species. Two species, Agathis borneensis and Dipterocarpus grandifloras, were classified as endangered, while five species—Aglaia angustifolia, Dipterocarpus baudii, Dipterocarpus crinitus, Dryobalanops aromatica, and Durio graveolens—were deemed vulnerable.  

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Presently, Agincourt Resources is actively cultivating and germinating these rare tree species in a nursery facility to sustain their conservation efforts and contribute to their long-term viability.


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