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Lebensgrundlagen des Menschen

English translation: Basis of human existance

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German term or phrase:Lebensgrundlagen des Menschen
English translation:Basis of human existance
Entered by: Rasha Brinkmann-Yahya
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13:57 Jan 15, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
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German term or phrase: Lebensgrundlagen des Menschen
Dear colleagues, the above term is one I frequently encounter in my work, without having seen a satisfactory counterpart in the English-language literature.
It means the natural environment, biodiversity etc., specifically the capacity of this to perform its essential functions for humankind - sometimes in a local, usually in a more global context.
In this connection there is also the troublesome notion of "Die Leistungsfähigkeit des Naturhaushaltes", which I call until now "the capacity of the natural environment to perform its essential functions" or "the functional capacity of the natural environment".
Any comments?
Christopher Hay
Germany
Local time: 00:48
Basis of human existance
Explanation:
"Lebensgrundlagen des Menschen" is a very general term that may be used in many different perspectives. It may mean the environmental necesseties for human existance, but it may refer eg. to the human need to socialize, to the necessary nutrition, etc. It may also be set on different levels, in a text about stone age people it may refer to huntable game and a cave to live in, while it could describe the minimum size of an apartment, or the minimum amount of money somebody would need to maintain a living today.
For "Leistungsfähigkeit des Naturhaushaltes" I would use "ecological capacity".
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Rasha Brinkmann-Yahya
Local time: 18:48
Grading comment
Thank you, Rasha,
for your thoughtful, knowledgeable and helpful discussion of the concept.
Christopher
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na +1Basis of human existance
Rasha Brinkmann-Yahya
napotential of natural resources
Deborah Shannon


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5 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
Basis of human existance


Explanation:
"Lebensgrundlagen des Menschen" is a very general term that may be used in many different perspectives. It may mean the environmental necesseties for human existance, but it may refer eg. to the human need to socialize, to the necessary nutrition, etc. It may also be set on different levels, in a text about stone age people it may refer to huntable game and a cave to live in, while it could describe the minimum size of an apartment, or the minimum amount of money somebody would need to maintain a living today.
For "Leistungsfähigkeit des Naturhaushaltes" I would use "ecological capacity".

Rasha Brinkmann-Yahya
Local time: 18:48
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 39
Grading comment
Thank you, Rasha,
for your thoughtful, knowledgeable and helpful discussion of the concept.
Christopher

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agree  Jacqueline McKay
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18 hrs
potential of natural resources


Explanation:
The idea of 'capacity'is already implied by 'resources' in English, so in some contexts 'natural resources' alone may suffice. Otherwise 'the sufficiency / potential of natural resources'.

Deborah Shannon
Germany
Local time: 00:48
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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