Abstract summaryCovers the commitment part of legislation (Species At Risk Act) that was passed by the government of Canada in 20013 to recover and protect plant wild life population that is risked to get extinct in Canada. Such SDSS is important because there is no system used currently that covers the storing, retrieving and interpreting of information to on risked species and the habitat that they adopt which is critically important. Such SDSS needs highly desirable to design to create and design networks, infrastructure and an application which has the ability to link scattered data sources into integrated form to manage it and help in forming decision support system. The system will be built with the architecture being defined to meet WILDSPACEdecision support system. The user interface will have different groups such as internet, extranet and intranet. The Risked species decision support system will be complex and requires best practice to design a database which will be have optimum balance among storage and maintenance and the performance of application being used. This will provide timely provided information to the species at risk practitioners for better decision making.Journal Summary Wong discusses the great threat imposed on certain several biological diversities which provokes the need to call for innovative approach and techniques to determine the risk and the damage caused by anthropogenic activities. The extinction of many species recently calls for an insisting appeal on the concerned stack holders for the protection of risked species and environment. The protection of extinction risked species requires timely, precise and spatially related information to bring into account the computer based materials to cover the information required to protect the risked species which can include their natural history, distribution, population and threats imposed. The need for such system is important as there is no such SDSS used currently (2007) which can store information about the risked species that can help protect them and provide a chance for its population growth.For successful SDSS of this issue the system should be multi-viable architecture that tends to receive and accepts protocols. This will be treated as next generation of WILDSPACE DSS and it will be based on web and will have servers spread over vast area to provide information about Species, their habitat (Spatially related), the threat imposed to them. The next Generation SDSS will have the tractability to collar multi species and multi ratio habitat and population queries in order to asses’ likely actions for protection.Design of its Network and how it will be configured The concerned users (both local and remotely) will need access to all the information on servers repeatedly and simultaneously. The users will be able to upload updated information, use the existing information for analysis through permissions. The next generation of this SDSS will have client server model designed through web server technology. This system will be able to interact between software processes which are executing concurrently. The Next Generation system will run database which will follow many to one relationship. Requirements by Client This SDSS (WILDSPACE) will have will be able to support three types of clients (Internet, Intranet and Extranet). Intranet will be used within department or within an organisation and will not need external connection linking to globe. Intranet will be able to imply new application, scaling efficacy, easy user interface so that requirement for training will be minimized. Extranet will provide access to users from other departments which will represent agencies that are in partnership. While external stack holders can be provided access through internet which can be protected through virtual private network. This client network design will be able to carry out certain several processes automatically. The information shared will be highly secured as it will have access to stack holders through extranet. Requirement for Server The collection of server for this SDSS will consist of web servers, map servers and database servers. The Web Servers will use Hyper Text Mark-up Language which will connect to users via web servers. The second part of server will use structured query language to develop database that will provide data requests through SQL to clients. The map server will be responsible for publishing maps on the web. The maps published will follow the standards of OGC (open GIS consortium). It will provide maps in the form of Bitmap image. This next generation of SDSS will have mark-up language that will be extensible which will be used prominently.The web based application are often easily attacked and WILDSPACE system will have sensitive data which will be protected by following several security mechanisms.DBMS DesignThe DBMS design will help understand the need for recovery of species endangered. The WILDSPACE SDSS will consist of layers that will join the data where incident occurs, the habitat, population, environmental constraints and type of risk with respect to locational values. The DBMS will be linked with maps. Sites where species are endangered will be mapped and it will be linked with the data non spatial data associated with it through queries carried out through SQL. Many to one type of relationship will be built. Life history data, occurrence location, suitability of habitat through time and the monitoring data will be connected to species at risk which will form many to one relationship. Design of its ApplicationThe application for this SDSS will be able to query data related to explaining and protecting species that are risked to be endangered. Moreover, it will have a powerful tool which will be “Scenario Gaming”. It will provide stack holders to discover and travel through the abilities to test responses of population to several hypothetical situations. Such as ‘What If’ the endangered species habitats are damaged by manmade or natural disasters. What response will be adopted to cope with this situation?Application will be designed in order to pin point species that will be at risk to get extinct and its records will be taken for analysis. Case StudyThe SDSS was applied to ice storm affected area in Canada. The season in which the storm struck the area was breeding season in forest. WILDSPACE system determined the types of species most affected by this storm. The system uses profiles of species which includes food preferences, harsh weather survival chances. A total of 9 species were found to be impacted by the storm out of which 1 specie was risked to be extinct. The risked specie was a migratory bird Cerulean Warbler which is rare. Thematic maps were produced to identify the sites used by the said specie previously. The success ratio for nest was calculated which was 8% previously 78%. The pattern of habitat selection was shifted which resulted in its recovery in coming years.