What is the rationale for colour coding and partial grouping used for indicators in the dashboard?
Three colour-coded partial grouping of countries is used to visualize achievements of countries in these indicators. The intention is not to suggest the thresholds or target values for these indicators but to allow a crude assessment of country’s performance relative to others. Countries are divided according to the value of each indicator into three groups of approximately equal sizes (terciles). Thus there is the top third, the middle third and the bottom third of countries. A distinct colour is attached to a group of countries with similar level of performance. The darker shade of green represents the top third group; the moderately shaded green represents the middle third; and the lighter shade of green represents the bottom third of countries. Partial grouping of countries applies to all indicators listed, except for forest area (% of total land area). Although the area of land covered by forest is a key piece of information for forest policy, it was not used directly for country grouping in this dashboard. The size of forest area depends on many geological, geographical and historical factors, thus not only on the undertakings of the current generation. Instead we are assessing the change in forest area as a measure of the importance of forests in a country or a region. It aids monitoring the extent of planned and unplanned deforestation, as well as restoration and rehabilitation of forests.