The Vietnam Record Book has, for the first time, announced seven records on the environment on the occasion of the World Environmental Day on June 5 th .
The Rescue Centre of Endangered Primates, under the Cuc Phuong National Park in Nho Quan District, Ninh Binh Province, is recognised as the first rescue centre for wildlife in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia. The centre has rescued the largest number of primates in Southeast Asia. At present, the centre is breeding around 150 primates of 15 endangered primate lineages in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia. These lineages have been listed in Vietnam’s Red Book and World’s Red Book.
The second site is Ba Be Lake which has been recognised as the biggest natural fresh water lake in Vietnam. The lake dates from more than 2.6 billion years ago. In 2011, the Ba Be Lake was recognised as the 1938 th Ramsar region of the Ramsar World by the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention.
In addition, the Oceanography Institute, preserving the largest number of samples of marine resources in Vietnam, is also listed in seven environmental records. Established in 1932 in Khanh Hoa province, the Institute is restoring and preserving around 20,000 samples of 5,000 species in Vietnam and surrounding areas.
The fourth record went to Vietnam’s first factory to turn plastic waste to diesel The factory was built in the rubbish dump of Khanh Son in Hoa Khanh Nam Commune, Lien Chieu District, Da Nang City, at a cost of over VND 500 billion. On April 20 th , the factory produced its first diesel batch from plastics.
Intel Products Co. Ltd., in the Ho Chi Minh City High-Tech Zone, unveiled and operated the largest solar energy system in Vietnam on April 23 rd , the fifth environmental record. This clean and green energy system, at a cost of of US$ 1.1 million, is also Intel’s first solar energy system in Asia.
Thac Ba Lake in Yen Bai Province is listed in the Vietnam’s record book as the biggest man-made lake in Vietnam. The lake, located on an area of 240 sq. km, and with a 2,900,000,000 cubic meter capacity, is to keep water for the Thac Ba Hydroelectric Plant to produce electricity as well as for agricultural production in the area. Thac Ba Lake, compared to Ha Long Bay in a mountainous area, was recognised as the national historical and cultural relics since 1996.
The last record went to Vietnam’s biggest wind power factory in Binh Thuan province. Built in 2008 at a cost of VND 2,000 billion, this is the first and largest wind power factory in Vietnam.
Translated by Tran Hoai