Key words that begin with the letter H
by Phil Bartle
The word habitat refers to where animate things live.
The habitat of certain birds, for example, may be a meadow or forest. A human habitat is more than the houses people live in. It includes settlements such as camps, hamlets, villages, towns and cities.
The word Habitat is often used to refer to the UNCHS (United Nations Centre for Human Settlements) which does not build houses, and to an NGO called Habitat for Humanity which does build houses.
A human habitat is not just a collection of empty houses
It is even far more than the physical structures and facilities that can be seen. It is a community of people, all the communal facilities they need: water, sanitation, transport, market, energy, food, health-care, education, security, as well as shelter itself.
Català: hàbitat humà, Deutsch: menschliches habitat, Ελληνικά: ανθρωπινο φυσικο περιβαλλον, English: human habitat, Español: hábitat humano, Français: habitat humain, हिन्दी (Hindi): मानव आवास, Italiano: habitat umano, Português: habitat humano, Română: habitat uman, Srpski: ljudsko naselje, Türkçe: insan yerleşim alanı, 中文 (Zhōngwén): 人类的聚居地
HUMAN SETTLEMENTS AND HABITAT
Shelter and human habitat are far more than the technology of dwellings or houses. A house exists because of people and for people. A house alone without communal services, such as access to markets, water and sanitation, enculturation (eg education) of the young, communications, transport, markets and other facilities and services, is useless.
More importantly, a human settlement (rural and urban) is not just a collection of infrastructure, or even of human occupants that are separate consumers; it is a community, (See "Community"), a social organization that involves human attributes: beliefs, concepts, economic and political dimensions, family and other social reproductive institutions, a set of human languages, traditions, aesthetics and processes.
Human settlement development is community development.
Català: assentaments humans i hàbitat, Deutsch: menschliche siedlung und habitat, Ελληνικά: ανθρωπινεσ εγκαταστασεισ και φυσικο περιβαλλον, English: human settlements and habitat, Español: asentamientos humanos y hábitat, Français: règlements humains et habitat, हिन्दी (Hindi): मानव बस्तिया और आवास, Italiano: insediamenti umani e habitat, Português: Aglomerados populacionais e Habitats, colónias e habitats humanos, Română: așezările și habitatul uman, Srpski: lljudska naselja i skloništa, Türkçe: insan yerleşimleri ve yerleşım alanları, 中文 (Zhōngwén): 人类的住处和聚居地
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