Harvey is chair of the Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force which will be building on the Beyond Aichi sessions held at the World Parks Congress in Sydney in 2014. The Task Force has two goals: to help build global momentum to scale up conservation, using protected areas as the key conservation tool, and to ensure that, in 2020, new global conservation targets for spatial conservation are set that would be meaningful for achieving the CBD’s basic purpose, which is the conservation of biological diversity and the halting of biodiversity loss.
The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization that connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon. In 1993, Harvey envisioned a vast wildlife corridor encompassing the mountain ranges from Yellowstone National Park to the Yukon. That vision became a reality in 1997 when Y2Y was officially established. Today, Y2Y is recognized as one of the planet’s leading mountain conservation initiatives.
In February 2017, after many years of concerted and collaborative effort, wild bison were returned to Banff National Park after 140 years of absence. Having called it home for millennia, plains bison were extirpated from Banff in the 1870s. Once an integral part of the ecosystem, landscape, and indigenous culture, bison no longer roamed through the Bow Valley. The return of bison to Banff is not only an ecological triumph but also a cultural and spiritual one, righting the historical wrong of the elimination of bison from this part of their natural range.
Nature Needs Half (NNH) is an international network of over 30 organizations calling for a global deal to protect half of nature. The goal of NNH is to ensure enough wild areas of land and water are protected and interconnected to maintain nature’s life-supporting systems and the diversity of life on Earth, to ensure human health and prosperity, and to secure a bountiful, beautiful legacy of resilient, wild nature.