Talks & Presentations

The People’s Summit: Protecting Areas in Ontario
Opening Ceremony (Starting at 27:00)
June, 2021

Ontario Biodiversity Summit
Bending the Curve of Biodiversity Loss Towards a Nature-Positive World (Starting at 59:07)
May 2020

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Conference:
The Important Role of National Parks in Green Growth and Sustainable Development: Lessons from Canada
November, 2020

EarthX Half-Earth Day Presentation:
Nature Needs Half (starting at 31:34)
October, 2020

Ontario Land Trust Alliance:
Land Trusts, Ecological Corridors and Nature Conservation That Matters
October, 2020

Third webinar of the CBD Post 2020 Framework / 3er Seminario Redparques Post 2020 (Español)
August / Agosto, 2020

WILD10 Global Gathering:
Nature Needs Half is a New Relationship with Nature
October, 2013

Wild9 Global Gathering
Closing Ceremony
November, 2009


TV & Film

EarthxTV: A “Nature Positive” Global Goal for Nature: What Does it Mean and How Does it Work?

Carbon-neutral is a measurable action, therefore we need an actionable frame for nature. “Nature-positive” provides that accountability. What does nature-positive mean and how are leading businesses aligning their actions to combat the nature-climate crises?

EarthxTV: Why Equity? The Importance of an Equitable, Carbon-Neutral, Nature-Positive World

How can we ensure equity across generations, with Indigenous peoples, and with the Global South in the upcoming United Nations COP negotiations with meaningful financial measures attached?

EarthxTV: Road to Glasgow: Nature’s Key to Climate

COP26 is the United Nations’ top conference on climate change occurring November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Host Shonagh Smith follows events affecting how the world will respond. It all begins with the Global Goals for Nature and Climate. Travel along as Shonagh learns about the history of the Climate Treaty and questions leaders about their hopes for meaningful environmental change. Will it be enough to save the planet? Find out on The Road to Glasgow.

EarthxTV: Can We Avoid Future Pandemics By Protecting Nature?

The risk of spread of serious diseases is tightly linked to what we do to the natural world. Climate change, habitat destruction, and the elimination of certain species from the wild can have very real consequences the health of people everywhere. So tight is this relationship that the World Health Organization’s number one recommendation for building back better after the pandemic is to protect and restore nature.

Wild Ways Film

Now comes new hope for wildlife through an approach called “connectivity conservation.” Some of the world’s most beloved species–lions, bears, antelope and elephants–can be preserved by linking the world’s wildlife refuges with tunnels, overpasses, and protected land corridors. From North America’s Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation initiative to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations, see how animals are on the move again.

Bison Return Film

In 2017 for the first time in over 100 years, Bison will return to Banff National Park. The area has potential to support a thousand animals making Banff the potential home to one of the largest free-ranging Bison populations in North America (Alberta).


IUCN WCPA Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force​

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.

Visit the Task Force website to see the Path to 2020 and access useful conservation resources and news.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

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.

Yellowstone to Yukon: 20 Years of Progress

Uploaded by Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative on 2015-05-08.

Harvey Locke, Canadian Conservationist, on the power of wilderness

Ask someone passionate about wilderness what happens to him or her when they get out in Nature, and hope you get a response like this.

Nature Needs Half

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.

Harvey Locke - Science review: Nature Needs (at least) Half

Uploaded by Reaching Conservation Goals: World Parks Congress on 2015-02-19.

Bison in Banff

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.

Watch the documentary Bison Return

Read Harvey’s book The Last of the Buffalo: Return to the Wild