Glossary of terms

World Heritage Centre :
Established in 1992, the World Heritage Centre coordinates within the UNESCO World Heritage-related activities.
Ensuring the day to day management of the Convention, he organizes the annual sessions of the World Heritage Committee and its Bureau advises States Parties in the preparation of nominations, organizes on request international assistance Heritage Fund global, coordinates the production process of reports on the state of sites and urgent actions which undertaken when a site is threatened. The Centre also organizes technical seminars and workshops, maintains the List of World Heritage, develops teaching materials for sensitize young people to heritage protection, and informs the public questions related to World Heritage.
The World Heritage Centre is the link to the World Heritage Committee

World Heritage Committee :
The Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, defines the use of the World Heritage Fund and allocates financial assistance upon requests from States Parties. It is up to him to decide whether a site is accepted for inclusion on the World Heritage List. The Committee can also defer its decision and request further information on the website of the State party. It examines reports on the state of conservation of inscribed sites and asks States Parties to take measures when the sites are not properly managed.
It also decides on the inscription of sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger and their removal from the list.

World Heritage Convention :
The most original feature of the 1972 is to bring together in a single document the concepts of nature conservation and the preservation of cultural property. The Convention recognizes the interaction between humans and nature and the fundamental need to preserve the balance between the two.
The content of the Convention:
The Convention defines the kind of natural or cultural sites which can be considered for inscription on the World Heritage List. It sets out the duties of States Parties in identifying potential sites and their role in the protection and preservation of sites. By signing the Convention, each country pledges not only to ensure the proper conservation of World Heritage sites situated on its territory, but also to protect its national heritage. States parties are encouraged to integrate the protection of cultural and natural heritage in the regional planning programs, to put in place of staff and services on their sites, to undertake scientific and technical studies on the conservation and to take measures for give this heritage a function in the daily life of citizens.
The Convention encourages States parties to raise awareness of the values ​​of the World Heritage properties and to enhance their protection through education and information.

Geomorphology :

The study of surface processes which shape the Earth’s relief and cause it to evolve.

Maar :

Explosion crater, usually of large diameter, which becomes filled by water to form a lake, or may subsequently be filled with sediment.

Continental rift :

Linear, down-thrown relief bordered by raised lateral boundaries, accompanied by more or less intense volcanic activity.

Stratovolcano :

Large, composite volcano characterised by sustained periods of volcanic activity, made up of alternating lava flows and pyroclastic material of varying compositions. Generally more complex in form than a simple cone since eruption usually takes place from more than one vent.

ScoT :

Urban planning document which aims to coordinate the politics for urban, housing, travel and amenities issues on a multi-community scale.

Monogenetic volcano :

Volcano resulting from one single eruption.